Join our 4-part series to read and discuss newly available tales of migration, memory, identity, and transformation with MPL librarian Ariel Zeitlin, MLIS. Check out our Stories of Exile Series webpage to register for related special events with a photographer, a free filmscreening, and a play reading. Funded by a grant from the Yiddish Book Center. All the programs are free but registration is required. Free copies of books available while supplies last. Click here for the eBook on hoopla.
We recommend that you read all of "On the Landing," but the discussion will focus on two stories:
"Alone." A young woman walks alone with a cart through the bitter, frozen beauty of the Siberian forest. How will she survive? Also the title story, "On the Landing," the tale of her daring attempt to escape from Siberia.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yenta Mash (1922–2013) grew up in the region once known as Bessarabia (present-day Moldova), renowned as a lively polyglot area and a flourishing center of Jewish culture. In 1941, she was exiled to the Siberian gulag by Soviet forces. She endured seven years of hard labor before leaving the prison camp and making her way to Chisinau, then the capital of the Moldavian SSR. In 1977, in her fifties, Mash immigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, where, she began to write and to publish. Her short stories were published in Yiddish journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and her work was collected in four volumes published in Israel. She was honored with Israel’s Itsik Manger Prize in 1999 and with the Dovid Hofshteyn Prize in 2002.