Title

The Prose of Everyday Life: Moyshe Levin's Vilna Peoplescapes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Publication Title

Colloquia

Abstract

This article introduces readers to the fiction by Moyshe Levin, a member of the Yiddish literary and artistic group Yung Vilne (Young Vilna). I argue that Levin challenged sentimental myths of Vilna as a centre of Yiddish culture by crafting naturalist fiction and reportage focused on the struggles of Vilna's Jewish underclass and workers. In doing so, he developed a fictional universe that was directly engaged with and explored the social and political challenges of local Jewish life in the 1930s.

Issue

48

First Page

239

Last Page

258

Comments

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