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A Dybbuk : and Other Tales of the Supernatural - Tony Kushner

A Dybbuk

and Other Tales of the Supernatural

Paperback Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9781559361378
Number Of Pages: 192

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"Tony Kushner’s adaptation of A Dybbuk, perhaps the greatest classic of Yiddish drama, is passionate and illuminating.” –Clive Barnes, New York Post

“Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.” -New York Times
“As filtered through Kushner, the play has a deep wistfulness about a flawed but rich culture on the precipice of apocalyptic change, about technology poised to tear through ancient truths and the seductions of assimilation ready to devastate whatever culture is left after the slaughters of the twentieth century.” –Linda Winer, Newsday

The first part of the book features Tony Kushner’s remarkable, imaginative adaptation of The Dybbuk by S. Ansky (from Joachim Neugroschel’s translation), with an afterword by Harold Bloom. Considered by many to be the greatest Yiddish drama, The Dybbuk recounts the tale of a wealthy man’s daughter who is possessed by the spirit of her dead beloved. Also included in this volume is a selection of stories translated into English for the first time by Joachim Neugroschel, illuminating different aspects of the Jewish mystical world, including possessions, transmigration, fairy tales, parables and miracles.

"The translation of Joachim Neugroschel, savvily adapted by Tony Kushner, and now further revised by him as A Dybbuk or Between Two Worlds, all come funnily, furiously, crotchetily alive." -John Simon, New York Magazine "Kushner's contemporary reading has served to burnish the original's mixture of spiritual exhalation and material poverty, abstract symbolism and exotic superstition." -J. Hoberman, The Forward "S. Ansky's mystical Yiddish drama The Dybbuk is a play almost perfectly suited to Tony Kushner's tastes and talents. With its evocative picture of a metaphysical world that shadows our own, and the spiritual price to be paid for avaricious self-interest, it has intriguing correspondences with Kushner's own metaphysical epic, Angels in America." -Charles Isherwood, Variety The translation of Joachim Neugroschel, savvily adapted by Tony Kushner, and now further revised by him as "A Dybbuk or Between Two Worlds," all come funnily, furiously, crotchetily alive. John Simon, "New York Magazine" Kushner s contemporary reading has served to burnish the original s mixture of spiritual exhalation and material poverty, abstract symbolism and exotic superstition. J. Hoberman, "The Forward" S. Ansky s mystical Yiddish drama "The Dybbuk" is a play almost perfectly suited to Tony Kushner s tastes and talents. With its evocative picture of a metaphysical world that shadows our own, and the spiritual price to be paid for avaricious self-interest, it has intriguing correspondences with Kushner s own metaphysical epic, Angels in America. Charles Isherwood, "Variety""

ISBN: 9781559361378
ISBN-10: 1559361379
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32