The Prose of Everyday Life: Moyshe Levin's Vilna Peoplescapes
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.
Cammy, Justin, "The Prose of Everyday Life: Moyshe Levin's Vilna Peoplescapes" (2021). Article, Smith College, Northampton, MA.