Judgment : a novel
- David Bergelson ; translated from the Yiddish by Harriet Murav and Sasha Senderovich.
- Uniform Title
- Midas̀-hadin. English
- English. Translated from the Yiddish.
- Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- xxxvii, 222 pages ; 21 cm.
- Northwestern world classics.
- Includes bibliographical references.
- David Bergelson's Judgment: a critical introduction / by Sasha Senderovich and Harriet Murav
- Translators' notes.
Never before available in English, Judgment is a work of startling power by David Bergelson, the most celebrated Yiddish prose writer of his era. Set in 1920 during the Russian Civil War, Judgment (titled Mides-hadin in Yiddish) traces the death of the shtetl and the birth of the "new, harsher world" created by the 1917 Russian Revolution. As Bolshevik power expanded toward the border between Poland and Ukraine, Jews and non-Jews smuggled people, goods, and anti-Bolshevik literature back and forth. In the novel's fictional town of Golikhovke, the Bolsheviks have established their local outpost in a former monastery, where the non-Jewish Filipov acts as the arbiter of "judgment" and metes out punishments and executions to the prisoners held there: Yuzi Spivak, arrested for anti-Bolshevik activities; Aaron Lemberger, a pious and wealthy Jew; a seductive woman referred to as "the blonde" who believes she can appease Filipov with sex; and a memorable cast of toughs, smugglers, and criminals. Ordinary people, depicted in a grotesque, aphoristic style-comparable to Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry-confront the overwhelming, mysterious forces of history, whose ultimate outcome remains unknown. Murav and Senderovich's new translation expertly captures Bergelson's inimitable modernist style.
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- Northwestern world classics
- "Originally published as Mides-hadin, vol. 7, Geklibene verk (Vilna: B. Kletzkin, 1929)."
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- 9780810135925 (electronic book)
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