The Dybbuk, regarded as the classic drama of the Yiddish stage, has
long frightened yet fascinated audiences throughout the world.
Based on Jewish folklore, its dark implications of mysterious,
other-worldly forces at work in a quaint and simple village make
for gripping, suspenseful theater. To the Chassidic Jews of eastern
Europe, a dybbuk was not a legend or a myth; rather it remained a
constant and portentous possibility. During that age of pervasive
mysticism, when rabbis became miracle workers and the sinister arts
of the Kabbala were fearsomely invoked, it was never doubted that a
discontented spirit from the dead could cross the barrier between
the "real" and the "other" worlds to enter a living human body. The
Dybbuk is a masterful play, full of deep-rooted obsessions and
dramatic suspense, fascinating for the glimpse it provides of the
rich, poetic, and often tragic culture of the Chassidim. In this
classic translation by Henry Alsberg and Winifred Katzin, the
authentic cadences of the original Yiddish are deftly preserved.
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Henry G. Alsberg
• Winifred Katzin
Gilbert W. Gabriel
||203 x 127 x 25mm (L x W x T)
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