Outwitting History

Outwitting History

The Amazing Adventures of A Man Who Rescued A Million Yiddish Books

eBook - 2005
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&́#x80;œIncredible . . . Inspiring . . . Important.&́#x80; &́#x80;”Library Journal, starred review &́#x80;œA marvelous yarn, loaded with near-calamitous adventures and characters as memorable as Singer creations.&́#x80; &́#x80;”The New York Post &́#x80;œWhat began as a quixotic journey was also a picaresque romp, a detective story, a profound history lesson, and a poignant evocation of a bygone world.&́#x80; &́#x80;”The Boston Globe &́#x80;œEvery now and again a book with near-universal appeal comes along: Outwitting History is just such a book.&́#x80; &́#x80;”The Sunday Oregonian As a twenty-three-year-old graduate student, Aaron Lansky set out to save the world&́#x80;™s abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late. Today, more than a million books later, he has accomplished what has been called &́#x80;œthe greatest cultural rescue effort in Jewish history.&́#x80; In Outwitting History, Lansky shares his adventures as well as the poignant and often laugh-out-loud stories he heard as he traveled the country collecting books. Introducing us to a dazzling array of writers, he shows us how an almost-lost culture is the bridge between the old world and the future&́#x80;”and how the written word can unite everyone who believes in the power of great literature. A Library Journal Best Book A Massachusetts Book Award Winner in Nonfiction An ALA Notable Boo
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Algonquin Books,, 2005
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781565126367
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (328 pages)
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Mar 21, 2017

Loved this offbeat book on misfit student finding a calling & making friends to unlikely older people.
A lowbrow hybrid language that borrowed words from other languages that got killed by Second War, users getting old, young learning English & nationalist snobby Israel's formerly rabbi only Hebrew as official language edict.
Dumpster diving official job description in author's resume?
Story went full circle as people in Eastern Europe post-Cold war need help rediscovering their roots.
A real grind translating old Yiddish novels to English with limited resources.

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