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Ellen Cassedy, Sheva Zucker 

When: Sat., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

Though words like klutz and schlep are firmly ensconced in the English vernacular, speakers of the Yiddish language have greatly diminished since the Holocaust, and are now mostly confined to the Hasidic community. So the recent translation from Yiddish of stories by Blume Lempel, who came to the U.S. from what is now Ukraine at the outbreak of World War II and published stories in Yiddish up through the 1990s, offers an opportunity to reconsider a language whose greatest literary exponent, Isaac Bashevis Singer, employed liberal doses of magical realism. And mystical, mythical happenings do find their way into this collection, Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories, but these tales exist on an earthly plane that magic can't redeem. One story is set in an abortion clinic; another plumbs the incest theme of the title. At this reading, you'll get a chance to hear Lempel's words in their original language as well as in English via one of the book's translators, Ellen Cassedy, and Yiddish scholar Sheva Zucker.—David Klein

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