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Songs for the Butcher's Daughter A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Peter Manseau
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1416538712
ISBN-13: 9781416538714
Sku: 210628552
Publish Date: 6/9/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  370
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A novel of faith lost and hope found in translation, this is at once an immigrant''s epic saga, a love story for the ages, and a Yiddish-inflected laughing-through-tears tour of world history.
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Lamenting a progressive disappearance of his native language, nonagenarian Yiddish poet Itsik Malpesh enlists the services of a young Judaica enthusiast in translating his works, which reflect key twentieth-century struggles from the pogroms of Russia to the garment factories of Manhattan. Reprint.
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It is a fairly safe bet that Peter Manseau is the only son of a priest and a nun to ever win the National Jewish Book Award, which he did in 2008 with SONGS FOR THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER. Manseau, who documented his unusual spiritual upbringing in his memoir, VOWS, has proven himself an adept novelist with this debut, which tells the epic story of Itsik Malpesh, a Yiddish poet who spent his life in love with a photograph of a girl. Malpesh is now 90 years old, and he is desperate to find someone to translate his massive memoirs. A young man with a working knowledge of Yiddish fortuitously arrives, and begins to immerse himself in Malpesh's memories, which take him from revolutionary Russia to the Lower East Side of New York. The parallel romantic adventures of these two men will eventually lead them to discover the hidden bonds that connect them across a generation in this moving and expansive modern classic.

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0370
Product attributePublisher:   Free Press
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