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Sunday, January 31 • 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Memorializing Jewish Vilna: Translating the work of Yiddish writer Abraham Karpinowitz

We will look at the work of Yiddish writer Abraham Karpinowitz (Avrom Karpinovitsh in Yiddish), examining his skillful interweaving of fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir to commemorate the annihilated world of Jewish Vilna (contemporary Vilnius, Lithuania) in the 1930’s, particularly the experiences of the amcha, the poor and uneducated women and men of the community. Focusing on memorialization, Helen will share her experience translating Karpinowitz’s work from Yiddish into English. We will look at how this translation (and translation out of Yiddish in general) furthers the work of memorialization, examining what is lost in translation.

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Helen Mintz

Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz, translated from the Yiddish by Helen Mintz, was published in 2015 by Syracuse University Press. Helen was a 2014 fellowette with the Yiddish Book Center. Her translations have appeared in Pakn Treger and Jewishfiction.net. Helen has... Read More →

Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:20pm PST
Room B