By Jacob Dinezon
Translated from the Yiddish by Tina Lunson
Edited and Adapted by Scott Hilton Davis
Published by Jewish Storyteller Press
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Jacob Dinezon’s dramatic first novel was published in 1877 and quickly became a runaway bestseller. Considered the first realistic romance written in Yiddish, The Dark Young Man relates the efforts of a ruthless brother-in-law determined to protect his position of power by destroying the reputation of a beloved prospective bridegroom. Yiddish author I. L. Peretz wrote, “Never has such a righteous hatred flamed over all that’s bad and evil as over the Dark Young Man, who, with his intrigues, annihilated a family of blameless souls.”
Set in a suburb of the Russian city of Mohilev in the 1840s, Jacob Dinezon’s poignant tale delves deeply into the personalities and politics of Jewish middle class society, and describes in vivid detail the growing opposition to arranged marriages, the disparities between rich and poor, and the challenges of assimilation and modernity on traditional Jewish life.
A tale of suspense, betrayal, love, and death, Dinezon’s The Dark Young Man is a startling fictional account of mid-nineteenth century Jewish life, culture, and religion by a beloved author and masterful storyteller.
Coming in 2019.