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That Is How It Is

Author: Moishe Nadir


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That Is How It Is
by Moishe Nadir. Read by David Skulski.
Translated by Harvey Fink.
Canada Reads 2012 Winner!
“New York City’s greatest Yiddish writer was born Yitzchak Rayz in 1885 in the village of Narayev, in eastern Galicia, then Austro-Hungary. When he arrived in America in 1898, he became Isaac Reiss, and published poetry, prose, and drama under the pseudonyms Yud-ka Reyzh-zet, De Lancey, Dilensee Mirkarosh, Mir Karosh, J. Strier, Pilatus, Anna Donna, Dr. Hotzikl, R. Naldo, Der Rosenkavalier, Rinnalde Rinaldine, S. Firebird, M. DeNardi, and, finally, Moishe Nadir—the name by which he remains unknown.”(Joshua Cohen, Tablet Magazine”)

That Is How It Is – another impressive translation by Harvey Fink – offers more than fifty short pieces by Moishe Nadir, almost entirely about America – “a land where people do not go for strolls, where no one drinks wine.” He wrote for the New York Yiddish press, in daily newspapers and popular humour magazines. Nadir’s stories will enter your consciousness with a gentle knock, seduce you with their eloquence and wry observations, and challenge you with a minefield of sardonic humor. “Nadir’s best stories acknowledge that a freer life might be practically preferable, but theologically barren; that there can be no ecstasy in a nation where ecstasies can be mass-produced; and that only kitsch can comfort when the communal is usurped by capitalism, and by democratic enfranchisement…” (Joshua Cohen, June 25, 2009, Tablet Magazine)




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David Skulski


7 Hrs 42 Min

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