Friday, December 11, 2020

Book Discussion: Glikl: Memoirs 1691-1719 by Glikl and editor/translators (Thu, Jan 21)

Glikl: Memoirs 1689-1719
This book discussion is sponsored by our Hadassah discussion group.

About Glikl: Memoirs 1691-1719 (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry)  by Glikl,  Chava Turniansky (Editor, Introduction), Sara Friedman (Translator)

(Available via paperback, hardcover, and Kindle)

From the Publisher:

“My dear children, I write this for you in case your dear children or grandchildren come to you one of these days, knowing nothing of their family. For this reason I have set this down for you here in brief, so that you might know what kind of people you come from.”

These words from the memoirs Glikl bas Leib wrote in Yiddish between 1691 and 1719 shed light on the life of a devout and worldly woman. Writing initially to seek solace in the long nights of her widowhood, Glikl continued to record the joys and tribulations of her family and community in an account unique for its impressive literary talents and strong invocation of self. Through intensely personal recollections, Glikl weaves stories and traditional tales that express her thoughts and beliefs. While influenced by popular Yiddish moral literature, Glikl’s frequent use of first person and the significance she assigns her own life experience set the work apart. Informed by fidelity to the original Yiddish text, this authoritative new translation is fully annotated to explicate Glikl’s life and times, offering readers a rich context for appreciating this classic work.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Glikl's Memoirs

Time:  Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. Central 
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Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878

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