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Four Questions to Consider as You Read
Sutzkever’s prose poems occupy an in-between genre. While reading them, did you think of them more as poetry or as short stories? Did you better enjoy the more poetic-type pieces, or those that were more like stories?
How does Sutzkever compare to other Yiddish literature you may have read? Did his writing change your expectations or understanding of what Yiddish literature is, or could be?
The Holocaust is an unavoidable presence in many of these pieces, but is only obliquely referenced. Did this book change your understanding of what Holocaust literature is, or could be?
Sutzkever is a master of poetic images. Are there any that stood out to you while reading?