“I wouldn’t say that Yiddish is dead, neither would I say that Yiddish is blooming. I would say that Yiddish is sick. But in our history, between being sick and dying is a long, long way…” Isaac Bashevis Singer. As the centenary of the birth of one of the most respected Jewish writers of all time approaches, we celebrate the life and work of Isaac Bashevis Singer with an online discussion featuring colleagues and admirers. Rebecca Abrams, author of The Jewish Journey and literary critic for the Financial Times, is joined by David Stromberg, editor of the Isaac Bashevis Singer Literary Trust and translator of his essays, the award-winning writer Shalom Auslander, who refers to Singer as “a darker, funnier Chagall” and Evelyn T. Beck, who worked with Singer as one of his Yiddish translators of his short stories and is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland USA.
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