Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica : The Ladino Memoir of Saadi Besalel A-Levi -

Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica : The Ladino Memoir of Sa'adi Besalel A-Levi

Yayınevi: Stanford University Press

Yayın tarihi: 11/2011

ISBN: 9780804771665

Ciltli | İngilizce | 408 Sayfa | 15,49x23,11x3,3 cm.

Tür: Azınlık-Etnik

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This book presents for the first time the complete text of the earliest known Ladino-language memoir, transliterated from the original script, translated into English, and introduced and explicated by the editors. The memoirist, Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi (1820-1903), wrote about Ottoman Jews' daily life at a time when the long-ascendant fabric of Ottoman society was just beginning to unravel. His vivid portrayal of life in Salonica, a major port in the Ottoman Levant with a majority-Jewish population, thus provides a unique window into a way of life before it disappeared as a result of profound political and social changes and the World Wars. Sa'adi was himself a prominent journalist and publisher, one of the most significant creators of modern Sephardic print culture. He was also a rebel, accusing the Jewish leadership of Salonica of being corrupt, abusive, and fanatical; that leadership, in turn, excommunicated him from the Jewish community. The experience of excommunication pervades Sa'adi's memoir, which documents a world that its author was himself actively involved in changing.

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