Jewish Women Writers in the Soviet Union by Rina Lapidus

By Rina Lapidus

This booklet offers the lives and works of 11 Jewish girls authors who lived within the Soviet Union, and who wrote and released their works in Russian. The works contain poems, novels, memoirs and different writing. The publication presents an outline of the lifetime of each one writer, an summary of every author’s literary output, and an overview of every author’s usually conflicted view of her "feminine self" and of her "Jewish self".

At a time while the big Jewish inhabitants which lived in the Soviet Union was once threatened below Stalin’s prosecutions the booklet presents highly-informative insights into what it used to be wish to be a Jewish girl within the Soviet Union during this interval. The writers provided are: Alexandra Brustein, Elizaveta Polonskaia, Raisa Bloch, Hanna Levina, Ol'ga Ziv, Yulia Neiman, Rahil’ Baumwohl’, Margarita Alliger, Sarah Levina-Kul’neva, Sarah Pogreb and Zinaida Mirkina.

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The poem was composed in 1919, during the bloody Civil War that followed the 1917 revolution. The situation in the young Soviet state was one of incessant violence, struggles for power, advances and retreats, the absence of any social, legal, or political order, shortages of all kinds of goods, and extreme uncertainty. â•›. Only, mommy, please, come back soon! 37 1919 Here the old folk tale about the nanny goat, her kids and the wolf is given a penetratingly realistic interpretation, reflecting current events, and sending a social message.

At first he only threatened: ‘If you don’t get up, I will douse you with cold water! ] And then it happened. One morning Papa went wild. He carried a bucket of cold water from the kitchen and threw it on my head. What an awakening that was! ] Hearing the noise, my young brother Senechka came running barefooted, in his nightshirt. He chuckled with glee; unable to control himself, he clapped his hands and joyfully squeaked: ‘Papochka, do it again! ’ Josefa flew into a rage. Sobbing loudly, she screamed her favourite curses, fragments of her ‘Latin’ prayers: ‘Madonna of Ostrobramska!

One! She was doused with cold water. â•›. ] Making a pitiful face, Senechka began to cry; he opened his mouth wide like a baby blackbird and began to squeak. With difficulty, while crying, he managed to say: ‘You are the monster! 10 The scene is described in anecdotal fashion, in light, easy-Â�going, humorous language. Such writing on Brushtein’s part is suitable to adventure stories for youth, in which the mischievous and cheerful pranks of young people are shown. The heroes are depicted as smiling, honest and good-Â�natured.

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