The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Monday, March 30
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
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Directors: Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser 

Year: 2014
Running Time: 72 min
Languages: English, Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles

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Considered one of the most influential Jewish writers of the twentieth century, Isaac Bashevis Singer (best known for Yentl the Yeshiva Boy and Gimpel The Fool) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978 “for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life.”

In Shaul Betser’s and Asaf Galay’s fascinating documentary, THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, we learn of Singer’s most titillating of literary inspirations his “harem full of translators.” In the mid-1960s, the prolific author employed dozens of women to translate his signature Yiddish prose and spread his works to both English-speaking and international audiences. Through archival footage and the intimate in-depth recollections of nine of the 40 women who brought Singer’s stories to life, this absorbing documentary sheds light on a previously unknown and eccentric chapter in the unlikely ladies’ man and iconic author’s life.

Sponsored by Ruth Perlmutter

Special Guests: Asaf Galay, Director of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer; Leah Napolin, Playwright (best known for her adaptation of Yentl); Warren Hoffman, moderator, Associate Director of Community Programming for the Center of Jewish Life and Learning at Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

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