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'The Yid': A presentation by Paul Goldberg

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

Journalist Paul Goldberg's debut novel, The Yid, which the BBC calls a "tragicomic tour de force," visits some of the most disturbing chapters in Soviet Jewish history. Set in 1953, it follows a motley group of Muscovites — including an aging Yiddish actor, a persecuted Jewish physician, and an African-American expatriate — who launch an unlikely plot against the state as Stalin's persecution of Soviet Jewry increases in intensity. Goldberg will read from and discuss the novel, much of which is inspired by stories and people he encountered while growing up in Moscow.

Paul Goldberg is editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Monthly, and he was featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, CNN and NPR. His previous books include How We Do Harm: A Doctor Break Ranks About Being Sick in America with Otis Brawley, and The Thaw Generation: Coming of Age in the Post-Stalin Era with Ludmilla Alexeyeva.

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.