Coming to America: Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Explore the themes of immigration to America, primarily through the lens of Yiddish Literature in Translation in these reading groups.
Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-American writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. In this book, Herman Broder, refugee and survivor of World War II, has three wives: Yadwiga, the Polish peasant who hid him from the Nazis; Masha, his beautiful and neurotic true love; and Tamara, his first wife, miraculously returned from the dead. Astonished by each new complication, and yet resigned to a life of evasion, Herman navigates a crowded, Yiddish New York with a sense of perpetually impending doom.
“Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries
Coming to America will comprise of reading groups to discuss the themes of immigration with a final installment featuring a guest speaker.
The first three reading groups feature books of Yiddish Literature in Translation
February 25th- Motl The Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem
March 24th- Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
April 28th- A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
The final reading will feature a book about Nigerian immigrants.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The guest speaker will be announced at a later date.
Thank you to the Yiddish Book Center for facilitating this series. The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch