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David Bergelson's Judgment: Imagining the Russian Revolution in Yiddish, with Sasha Senderovich

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

Free event with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 


David Bergelson's Yiddish-language novel Judgment, first published in 1929, has been rendered into English for the first time. Translator Sasha Senderovich will discuss the context for this powerful novel, written in Berlin in the late 1920s and set in a Jewish shtetl in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. The writer Gary Shteyngart called it “A brilliant, nightmarish look at a world without boundaries set alight by madmen.” Bergelson, a master of intricate Yiddish prose and the author of The End of Everything and Descent, was murdered on Stalin’s orders in 1952.

Sasha Senderovich is an assistant professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Together with Harriet Murav, he translated David Bergelson's Judgment: A Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2017). He is currently working on his first monograph, How the Soviet Jew Was Made. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Workmen's Circle / Arbeter Ring of Northern California.