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The Failed Rehabilitation of Shomer the Novelist
Avrom Vevyorke's Revizye of 1931 and Soviet Yiddish Literary Theory
Sep 10 2008



Dr. Roland Gruschka- Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

In 1931, the Soviet literary critic Avrom Vevyorke (1887–1935) published the book Revision, in which he made an attempt to rehabilitate the most controversial writer of pulp fiction in Yiddish, Shomer (Nokhem Meir Shaykevitsh, 1849–1905), giving rise to a fierce dispute in Soviet Yiddish literary scholarship about the significance of his work for the emerging "proletarian literature." The arguments of both sides in this dispute can only be understood in the context of Soviet literary policy.


The Failed Rehabilitation of Shomer the Novelist Audio