Jewish Studies Titles from Combined Academic Publishing
Jorge Semprun and Elie Wiesel, translated by Peggy Frankston, It Is Impossible to Remain Silent: Reflections on Fate and Memory in Buchenwald
Indiana University Press
Hardback: 9780253045287. £9.99. November 2019 http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/it-is-impossible-to-remain-silent
On March 1, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, ARTE (a French-German state-funded television network) proposed an encounter between two highly-regarded figures: Elie Wiesel and Jorge Semprún. The two had probably crossed paths—without ever meeting—in the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald. This short book is the entire transcription of their conversation. In these pages, Wiesel and Semprún poignantly discuss the human condition under catastrophic circumstances. They review the categories of inmate at Buchenwald and agree on the tragic reason for the fate of the victims of Nazism—as well as why this fate was largely ignored for so long after the end of the war. Both men offer riveting testimony and pay vibrant homage to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Today, seventy-five years after the liberation of the Nazi camps, this confrontation with ultra-nationalism and anti-Semitism could not be timelier.
Omri Asscher, Reading Israel, Reading America: The Politics of Translation between Jews
Stanford University Press
Hardback: 9781503610057. £74.00. November 2019
Paperback: 9781503610934. £23.99. November 2019 http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/reading-israel-reading-america
American and Israeli Jews have historically clashed over the contours of Jewish identity, and their experience of modern Jewish life has been radically different. But what happens when the encounter between American and Israeli Jewishness takes place in literary form? Reading Israel, Reading America explores the politics of translation as it shapes the understandings and misunderstandings of Israeli literature in the United States and American Jewish literature in Israel. Engaging in close readings of translations of iconic novels—in particular, the ideologically motivated omissions and additions in the translations, and the works’ reception by reviewers and public intellectuals—Asscher decodes the literary encounter between Israeli and American Jews. He reveals an ongoing cultural dialogue around representations of violence, ethics, Zionism, diaspora, and the boundaries between Jews and non-Jews. Navigating the disputes between these “rival siblings” of the Jewish world, Asscher provocatively untangles the cultural relations between Israeli and American Jews.
Rachel Rojanski, Yiddish in Israel: A History
Indiana University Press
Hardback: 9780253045140. £82.00. January 2020
Paperback: 9780253045157. £34.00. January 2020 http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/yiddish-in-israel
Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew. Using a wide range of archival sources, newspapers, and Yiddish literature, Rojanski follows the Israeli Yiddish scene through the history of the Yiddish press, Yiddish theatre, early Israeli Yiddish literature, and high Yiddish culture. With compassion, she explores the tensions during Israel’s early years between Yiddish writers and activists and Israel’s leaders, most of whom were themselves Eastern European Jews balancing their love of Yiddish with their desire to promote Hebrew. Finally Rojanski follows Yiddish into the 21st century, telling the story of the revived interest in Yiddish among Israeli-born children of Holocaust survivors as they return to the language of their parents.
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