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READING & TALK | "Sutzkever Essential Prose" book launch, with translator Zackary Sholem Berger and scholar Justin Cammy
The most recent title from the Yiddish Book Center's White Goat Press, "Sutzkever Essential Prose" brings to light for English readers the largely unknown prose of a seminal Yiddish poet. Avrom Sutzkever wrote the works in this volume over a span of more than 30 years, blurring the lines between fiction, memoir, and poetry; between real and imagined; between memory and metaphor. Now, through Zackary Sholem Berger’s translations, English readers can enter into an array of compelling, haunting scenes drawn from Sutzkever's vast imagination and from the unique life he lived. In this presentation, Berger will read from his translation, and scholar Justin Cammy will discuss the book's and Sutzkever's significance in Yiddish literature.

Avrom Sutzkever (1913–2010) spent his childhood in Siberia and emerged as a writer in the burgeoning literary circles of Jewish Vilna. In the Vilna Ghetto, he wrote poetry as a means of survival. As a member of what became known as the Paper Brigade, he helped to save Jewish cultural treasures from Nazi destruction. After the war, he became an influential advocate and activist for Yiddish culture, as well as a symbol of resistance through acts such as his testimony at the Nuremberg trials. He founded the Yiddish literary journal "Di goldene keyt" ("The Golden Chain") and in 1985 received the Israel Prize for Yiddish literature.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.

Jan 31, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Zackary Sholem Berger
Zackary Sholem Berger is a multilingual poet and translator, and he was a 2013 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow. His translations of Yiddish poetry have appeared in Poetry magazine, the Forward, and many other publications. A doctor by profession, he lives in Baltimore with his Yiddish-speaking family.
Justin Cammy
Justin Cammy is associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature at Smith College, where he directs the Program in Jewish Studies. He is the translator of Avrom Sutzkever's "Fun Vilne Geto" ("Vilna Ghetto, 1941-1943," forthcoming 2020) and the author of many scholarly essays related to the interwar literary group Young Vilna.