Di farshterte khasene (The unsuccessful feast) EPSHTEYN, MARK
Di farshterte khasene (The unsuccessful feast)
Kipnis, Itsik

Kiev: kooperativ farlag “Kultur-lige”, 1924.

Illustrated paper wrappers by Mark Epshteyn; covers slightly soiled. 18, [1] p. 17 x 12.5 cm. Edition of 3,000. A one-act children’s play, Di farshterte khasene is about a bear’s wedding, featuring the traditional Jewish figures of the shadkhn (matchmaker), badkhn (traditional wedding entertainer), and a klezmer band. In this story, the wedding is disrupted by insects who steal honey from the party. Kipnis (1896–1974) was a Jewish Ukrainian writer, noted for his contributions to Soviet Yiddish literature and his writing for children. Epshteyn (1897–1949) was a sculptor, painter, graphic artist, and stage designer who worked with Chagall, Lissitzky, and Altman. Epshteyn was a founding member of Kultur-lige, a group of writers, intellectuals, and artists devoted to the promotion of Yiddish culture. Epshteyn was one of the organizers of Kultur-lige’s art section, and—along with Alter and Berlewi—organized the group’s first exhibition.

Futur anterieur: l’avant-garde et le livre yiddish: cat. 95 (illustrated on p. 119). OCLC locates 4 copies, at Johns Hopkins, JTS, NYPL, and Stanford.

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