About the Book

The Dance of the Demons

The Dance of the Demons

A Novel
May 2009
Trade Paperback · 328 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $17.50 CAN
ISBN 9781558615953
The Feminist Press at CUNY

 

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“I do not know of a single woman in Yiddish literature who wrote better than she did.”—Isaac Bashevis Singer

“A daring feat… . Recommended for all libraries.”—Library Journal, starred review

“The reappearance of this novel will be welcomed by students of Jewish and Yiddish literature and 20th-century feminist writing. Summing up: Recommended. All levels.”—Choice

“Kreitman’s writing is clear, marvelously descriptive and occasionally evocative of … her brother, Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer… . A wonderful introduction by Ilan Stavans and comprehensive afterword by Anita Norich draw the parallels with Esther Kreitman’s life and place the book in historical perspective.”—Jewish Book World

“Above all, the sheer story-telling skill of Kreitman’s prose reminds us how past worlds are evoked through detail, practical reminders of daily lives and customs which no longer exist.”—The Jewish Quarterly

“[Kreitman] clearly has the same deep, haunting literary storyteller’s gifts as her siblings.”—Lilith

“This new edition, with its timely critical reappraisal of Kreitman’s place in her famous family as well as [The Dance of the Demons'] place in Yiddish literature, marks a long overdue effort to translate the rest of Kreitman’s work, and is still, after so many decades, a haunting and haunted book.”—The Jewish Reader

The semi-autobiographical portrait of the original “Yentl” reveals the eccentricities, complexities, and madness of the brilliant Singer family. This magnum opus by the forgotten sister to Israel Joshua Singer and Nobel Prize–winner Isaac Bashevis Singer now includes family photos and commentary from both Esther Kreitman’s son and granddaughter.

About the Authors

Esther Kreitman (1891–1954) was born in Bilgoray, Poland, and is the sister of renowned Yiddish writers Israel Joshua and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Raised in Warsaw and married in Antwerp, Kreitman and her family fled to London at the start of World War I. She is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories. Essayist, translator, and critic Maurice Carr (also known as Martin Lea) was born Morris Kreitman (1914–2003), son of Esther Singer Kreitman, in Antwerp, Belgium. He is best known for his much-anthologized collection Jewish Short Stories of Today, his translations of his family's writing, and his writing on his mother and uncle, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Ilan Stavans is a professor of Latin American and Latino cultures at Amherst College. From 2001 to 2006, he was the host of the syndicated PBS show Conversations with Ilan Stavans. His edited collections include Isaac Bashevis Singer and The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories. He is the author of On Borrowed Words and Resurrecting Hebrew. Anita Norich is an associate professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She teaches, lectures, and publishes on Yiddish language and literature, Jewish-American literature, and Holocaust literature. She is the author of The Homeless Imagination in the Fiction of Israel Joshua Singer.