The People of the Book inthe World of Books isaRussian bimonthly publication for serious readers with Jewish interests. Our English website includes only thesummaries of thepublished articles. Toaccess the complete text of them, please visit the Russian version of this website.


April 2019

This issue of the magazine includes:

• Names: A Song of Autumn’s Last Days

2019 marks fifty years since the death of the Yiddish poet and playwright Itzik Manger (1901–1969), a visionary and self-proclaimed troubadour. We have used the occasion topublish new Russian translations of several poems by Manger and his seminal essay “TheBallad: The Vision of Blood.”

• Review: A Contract with God Published in Russian

American cartoonist Will Eisner (1917–2005) fathered the graphic novel with his pioneering book A Contract with God (1978), a collection of four stories about poor Jews living in a tenement in New York City. A Russian translation of Eisner’s novel was recently published in Moscow. Our reviewer is grateful to the publishers for introducing readers tothe father of a genre that has only recently put down roots in Russia. He argues, however, that it would have been better to publish another graphic novel by Eisner, ThePlot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2005).

• Looking through Russian Literary Magazines: Novels and Articles of Jewish Interest

• Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: May–June 2019

• Bibliography: Forty Five New Books