Outwitting History

Outwitting History

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

Book - 2004
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In 1980, a twenty-three-year-old student named Aaron Lansky set out to rescue the world's abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late. Twenty-five years and one and a half million books later, he's still in the midst of a great adventure. Filled with poignant and often laugh-out-loud tales from Lansky's travels across the country as he collected books from older Jewish immigrants--books their own children had no use for-- Outwitting History also explores brilliant Yiddish writers and enables us to see how an almost-lost culture is the bridge between the Old World and the future.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565124295
1565124294
Characteristics: x, 316 p. ; 24 cm

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mammothhawk229e
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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