Glikl

Memoirs 1691-1719

Annotated by and with an Introduction by Chava Turniansky

Glikl

Annotated by and with an Introduction by Chava Turniansky

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

Translated by Sara Friedman
375 pages | 17 halftones and 6 line drawin | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781684580040 Will Publish December 2019
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781684580057 Will Publish December 2019
“My dear children, I write this for you in case your dear children or grandchildren come to you one of these days, knowing nothing of their family. For this reason I have set this down for you here in brief, so that you might know what kind of people you come from.”
These words from the memoirs Glikl bas Leib wrote in Yiddish between 1691 and 1719 shed light on the life of a devout and worldly woman. Writing initially to seek solace in the long nights of her widowhood, Glikl continued to record the joys and tribulations of her family and community in an account unique for its impressive literary talents and strong invocation of self. Through intensely personal recollections, Glikl weaves stories and traditional tales that express her thoughts and beliefs. While influenced by popular Yiddish moral literature, Glikl’s frequent use of first person and the significance she assigns her own life experience set the work apart. Informed by fidelity to the original Yiddish text, this authoritative new translation is fully annotated to explicate Glikl’s life and times, offering readers a rich context for appreciating this classic work.
 
Review Quotes
Natalie Zemon Davis, author of Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives
“Glikl Hamel’s Memoirs open up the life of an early modern Jewish woman in Germany and France in fascinating detail—children, the ups and downs of family fortune, trade, prayer, story-telling, and more.   Chava Turniansky has brought her immense Yiddish learning to this splendid edition and Sara Friedman‘s translation does justice to Glikl’s lively prose.  Kudos for this gift to European history.”
Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University
“One of the most riveting literary works of the seventeenth century, Glikl’s Memoirs is a unique human document that records Jewish history through the eyes of a learned, astute Jewish woman. This translation of Chava Turniansky’s magisterial edition is an occasion for celebration, as the complete edition has never before been available in its full glory in English.”
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