The Yiddish Trojan Women Carole Braverman

ISBN: 9780822215363

Published: October 28th 1998


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The Yiddish Trojan Women  by  Carole Braverman

The Yiddish Trojan Women by Carole Braverman
October 28th 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780822215363 | 10.51 Mb

A tightly constructed, interwoven story of four Jewish women, Devorah, an ex-Yiddish torch singer and a refugee from the Polish pogroms, and her three granddaughters: Brenda, a stand-up comic- Abby, a passionately committed union organizer- and Tess, a teacher of Greek mythology, and, ultimately, bearer of the legacy of her grandmothers stories.

The play opens as the three women meet at their grandmothers home to celebrate her fourth marriage. As the play progresses, the grandmother becomes increasingly haunted by distant memories - of passion, betrayal, and the tragic fate of her prophetic sister-in-law, Rivka. Abby becomes embroiled in a struggle to bring to light the atrocities against political activists in Guatemala. Brenda, driven by a tough ambition which is rarely informed by ethics, finally gets her big break.

Between these two cousins, both of whom she loves, Tess walks an uneasy path, hovering between desire to do the right thing and the pull of pleasures closer at hand. Her need to choose between them is complicated by a passionate affair she begins with Luke, a sexy, working-class man she picks up on a rainy night. Married, uneducated, unconscious of his roots, Luke has hidden depths of feeling, and, ultimately, an expectedly powerful love of truth.

Invoking Euripides as a mirror for lives disrupted by desire and catastrophe, the play begins in a comic vein, and gathers tragic force, as Devorahs history seeps into the lives of her granddaughters.

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