The Family Mashber #2020

The Family Mashber Der Nister The Family Mashber First time in PaperbackThe Family Mashber is a protean work a tale of a divided family and divided souls a panoramic picture of an Eastern European town a social satire a kabbalistic allegory an i

  • Title: The Family Mashber
  • Author: Der Nister
  • ISBN: 9781590172797
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Family Mashber Der Nister First time in PaperbackThe Family Mashber is a protean work a tale of a divided family and divided souls, a panoramic picture of an Eastern European town, a social satire, a kabbalistic allegory, an innovative fusion of modernist art and traditional storytelling, a tale of weird humor and mounting tragic power, embellished with a host of uncanny and fantastical gures draFirst time in PaperbackThe Family Mashber is a protean work a tale of a divided family and divided souls, a panoramic picture of an Eastern European town, a social satire, a kabbalistic allegory, an innovative fusion of modernist art and traditional storytelling, a tale of weird humor and mounting tragic power, embellished with a host of uncanny and fantastical gures drawn from daily life and the depths of the unconscious Above all, the book is an account of a world in crisis in Hebrew, mashber means crisis , torn between the competing claims of family, community, business, politics, the individual conscience, and an elusive God At the center of the book are three brothers the businessman Moshe, at the height of his fortunes as the story begins, but whose luck takes a permanent turn for the worse the religious seeker Luzi, who, for all his otherworldliness, nds himself ever caught up in worldly affairs and the idiot savant Alter, whose reclusive existence is tortured by fear and sexual desire The novel is also haunted by the enigmatic gure of Sruli Gol, a drunk, a profaner of sacred things, an outcast, who nonetheless nds his way through every door and may well hold the key to the brothers destinies.
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    1. According to the back cover of this very very very long book, it is a protean work a tale of a divided family and divided souls, a panoramic picture of an Eastern European town , a social satire, a kabbalistic allegory, an innovative fusion of modernist art and traditional storytelling, a tale of weird humor and mounting tragic power, embellished with a host of uncanny and fantastical figures drawn from the depth of the unconscious I have to say, the book is true to the description Although wha [...]

    2. Imagine a trilogy written in Yiddish in the Soviet Union at the height of the Stalinist Era, a trilogy whose final third disappeared with the author, Pinhas Kahanovich 1884 1950 being arrested and dying in a prison hospital Imagine a saga of Dostoyevskian proportions, and also filled with Kabbalistic imagery, foretastes of magic realism, and Socialist Realism both to placate the censors and to throw them off.Kahanovich adopted Der Nister as his pen name early in his career, a calque of Yiddish a [...]

    3. The author, Dara Horn, in her book, THE WORLD TO COME, introduced me to the author, Der Nister Pinchas Kahanovitch s pen name , and I m so glad she did A mid 19th century family and societal saga written in Russia in Yiddish now translated by a well known author who knew Chagall and was murdered by Stalin, the book opens up for the reader a whole world that no longer exists Characters both strong and weak, religious and secular, proud and humble a world that ceased existing first under the Nazis [...]

    4. NO SPOILERSHaving struggled through 152 pages, I am giving up I cannot feel close to any of the numerous characters The writing is wonderfully descriptive, but too much so for my taste I agree that after reading a page or two describing a person s clothes, how they are put on, how clean they are, what buttons are buttoned , body characteristics such as slopping shoulders, uneven walk, facial details including the color of the complexion, the shape of the eyebrows, whether he laughs or pouts or s [...]

    5. This book, not only because of its length, took me a long time to read, a longer time than other books of the same length, even histories How did I remain interested in the book while also falling asleep during the middle of some of its sentences Partly because this is a book that should be read aloud The narrative voice changes your perceptions of the descriptions It is the voice of someone with an evocative memory of the places and times described, and aware that you can only be connected to t [...]

    6. Being conscious that this was written under communist censorship there are glaring instances of the author appeasing the censors That said, this is a masterpiece If you are drawn to this book, I assume you are familiar with Eastern Jewish history If not,you may not appreciate the characters and their depictions, the mysticism and the nuances in the story and stories with in Mashber means crisis in Hebrew and this is truly a family of 3 brothers that are all subject to crisis

    7. When I worked with Steven on a Yiddish Lit class, this was the gem Of all the writing on shtetl life that we discussed, this was, perhaps, the best Der Nister adds a mystical touch to his religious characters as well as a harsh examination of desperate people in an unforgiving world.

    8. I must say that I was skeptical The Family Mashber the title itself provides the coming attractions, as Mashber is Hebrew for crisis looked to me to be just another, relatively run of the mill, multi generational saga with Jewish characters and a mid nineteenth century flavor Sure, I figured that there would be interesting depictions of the Shtetl and the period, but I wasn t sure that it would be anything that I hadn t heard or read before I also wasn t so sure that I would find myself relating [...]

    9. This is a breath taking story of a society in dissolution Ostensibly it is about the Mashber family, whose patriarch s a financier and money lender through a large loan gone bad and the cascading effect of that, finances are in serious decline The story takes place among ritualistic devout Jews living in a large suburb of Berdichev, Ukraine While the characterizations are vivid there is a sense that they are dead men walking, in the sense that any value and meaning that life once had was gone, a [...]

    10. Or, further, he would suddenly take on a quarrel with the greatest and most famous of the town s rabbis over a matter of ritual purity put to the rabbi by some poor woman The matter at issue was some dish the poor woman had cooked for a sick person in the family, and when the rabbi prevailed and declared that the food was ritually unclean and could not be eaten, then Sruli would ask the woman who was already leaving where she lived And very soon after he would show up at her door bringing anothe [...]

    11. Although it is impossible to expand the canon of world literature wide enough to include every deserving author, Der Nister is fully deserving of being read widely Yiddish literature includes many well written novels, although far too few are available in translation, but The Family Mashber represents something unique to Yiddish literature Although unfinished, The Family Mashber is on par with other epic novels like War and Peace or The Brothers Karamazov Der Nister forms complete characters de [...]

    12. 3 y medio Libro redondo en el sentido que crea un universo propio, con un dibujo psicologico de los personajes muy acertado y una evoluci n muy estudiada as comola estructura Penaliza que el libro se hace moroso a veces.

    13. Although this book was engrossing, I have to put it aside for right now, as it makes me too anxious to read at the moment for reasons I won t get into here So it goes back into the to read pile.

    14. The Family Mashber centers on two brothers in a town in the Russian part of Poland in the 19th century Its author, who goes by the pen name Der Nister, began by writing mystical stories, but turned to this or less realistic mode as his earlier work was frowned upon The Family Mashber is enormously detailed in its telling, with every item of clothing and dish on the table described in a way that brings a vanished world to life He also imbues his story with a magical undercurrent, as the mystical [...]

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