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Songs for the Butcher's Daughter by Peter Manseau (Paperback, 2008)

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Songs for the Butcher's Daughter by Peter Manseau

Summer, sweltering, 1996. A book warehouse in western Massachusetts. A man at the beginning of his adult life - and the end of his career rope - becomes involved with a woman, a language, and a great lie that will define his future.

Most auspiciously of all, he runs across Itsik Malpesh, a ninety-something Russian immigrant who claims to be the last Yiddish poet in America.

When a set of accounting ledgers in which Malpesh has written his memoirs surfaces - twenty-two volumes brimming with adventure, drama, deception, passion, and wit - the young man is compelled to translate them, telling Malpesh's story as his own life unfolds, and bringing together two paths that coincide in shocking and unexpected ways.

Moving from revolutionary Russia to New York's Depression-era Lower East Side to millennium's end Baltimore with drama, adventure, and boisterous, feisty charm to spare, the unpeeling of this friendship is a story of the entire twentieth century.

For fans of Nicole Krauss, Nathan Englander, Richard Powers, Amy Bloom, and Lore Segal, this book will amaze at every turn: narrated by two poets (one who doesn't know he is and one who doesn't know he isn't), it is a wise and warm look at the constant surprises and ineluctable ravages of time.

It's a book about religion, love, and typesetting - how one passion can be used to goad and thwart the other - and most of all, about how faith in the power of words can survive even the death of a language.

A novel of faith lost and hope found in translation, Songs for the Butcher's Daughter is at once an immigrant's epic saga, a love story for the ages, a Yiddish-inflected laughing-through-tears tour of world history for Jews and Gentiles alike, and a testament to Manseau's ambitious genius.


Format: Paperback | 400 pages

Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.3 | 436g

Publication Date: 01 Oct 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

Language: English

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 1847373135

ISBN13: 9781847373137


Condition: Good

A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including very scuff marks and creasing along the edges, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.