Wednesday 21 February 2018


            He came from Minsk.  He was the author of Khates hakool, oder di sheyne drezele (Sins of the community, or the beautiful girlfriend), “a magnificent, extremely moving novel, in two parts” (Vilna: Rozenkrants un Shriftzetser, 1881), 103 pp. and 133 pp., with a preface and a poem in Hebrew; republished several times thereafter, such as in 1888 and 1910.  This bit of Enlightenment sermonizing against the community tax or for reforming the Talmud Torah was drowned in curiosity and awkwardness.  Of Sapir’s other novels is known: Der kleyner katerznik oder der flasher yoysher (The little convict or false justice), “a splendid and extraordinary novel” (Vilna: Avrom-Tsvi Shvintsyaner, 1888, 1895), 48 pp.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2.

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