The Seven Good Years And Other Stories of I. L. Peretz

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  • I. L. Peretz (author)
  • Esther Hautzig (translations and notes)
  • Deborah Kogan Ray (illustrator)
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About the Book

Ten stories by a master of Yiddish literature, charmingly retold and illustrated.

Readers of all ages will be charmed by Hautzig’s skillful and sensitive translations of I. L. Peretz’s tales from Eastern Europe. Peretz, considered one of the greatest writers of modern Yiddish literature, wrote of the magical quality of kindness and the bitter fruits of blind faith.

The charming stories and evocative drawings make this collection a timeless treasure that will delight children and adults alike.


A Parent’s Choice Remarkable Book for Literature

A 2005 Storytelling World Award Winner


These captivating tales will introduce . . . readers to the magic of one of the fathers of Yiddish literature.

—Village Voice

I. L. Peretz

I. L. Peretz, 1859-1915, captured the essence of Eastern European Jewish life in his writings. Born in Poland in 1859, he eventually settled in Warsaw and became a leader of the movement within the Jewish community to establish and develop Yiddish as a modern, secular, literary language. His early work was written in Hebrew and most of his later work in Yiddish. All of his writings are imbued with a warm understanding of Jewish life.

Esther Hautzig

Esther Hautzig is the author of Remember Who You Are: Stories about Being Jewish and the translator of The Seven Good Years.

Deborah Kogan Ray


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