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A death : notes of a suicide
A death : notes of a suicide
Shneour, Zalman, 1887-19592019
A dark love affair develops in an unnamed Eastern European city between the young, impoverished, violently self-loathing teacher, Shloyme--and a hungry, spiteful and unsettlingly sensual revolver. Ostensibly purchased to protect Shloyme from the pogroms sweeping the empire, the weapon instead opens a portal to his innermost demons, and through it he begins his methodical mission to eradicate any remnants of life and humanity in him and pave the way for his self-destruction. A Death takes the form of a diary that follows the Jewish calendar. Written in Yiddish in 1905 and published with immediate success in Warsaw in 1909, A Death utilizes the influences of Dostoyevsky and Schopenhauer to depict a distinctly Jewish experience of uprooted modernity, and presents a lesser-known strand of Jewish decadent literature. This translation of his inaugural novel is Schneour's first appearance in English since 1963. Its exploration of alienation, mental health, toxic masculinity and violence is remarkably contemporary.
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A death : notes of a suicide / Zalman Shneour ; translated by Daniel Kennedy.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Wakefield Press, [2019]©2019
xvi, 157 pages ; 21 cm
Translated from the Yiddish.
9781939663450 (paperback)
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Brighton LibraryAdult FictionSHNEOnloan - Due: 08 Aug 2021