Journey through a Small Planet by Emanuel LitvinoffIn Journey Through a Small Planet (1972), the writer Emanuel Litvinoff recalls his working-class Jewish childhood in the East End of London: a small cluster of streets right next to the city, but worlds apart in culture and spirit. With vivid intensity Litvinoff describes the overcrowded tenements of Brick Lane and Whitechapel, the smell of pickled herring and onion bread, the rattle of sewing machines and chatter in Yiddish. He also relates stories of his parents, who fled from Russia in 1914, his experiences at school and a brief flirtation with Communism. Unsentimental, vital and almost dream like, this is a masterly evocation of a long-vanished world.
ISBN 13: 9780860721550
In a series of vivid autobiographical sketches, Emanuel Litvinoff recalls his turbulent and poverty-stricken childhood in London's East End. His family were part of the close-knit community persecuted Jews from the Russian Empire living in Bethnal green in the 's a crowded East European ghetto full of synagogues, Backroom factories and little grocery stores reeking of pickled herring, garlic sausage and onion bread. The vitality compressed in that one square mile of overcrowded slums generated explosive tensions. Litvinoff remembers the departure of his anarcho-communist father for Russia, and the coming of a stepfather He brings to life and extraordinary array of Dickensian characters, and portrays a society rooted in its past, its customs and its rituals.
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Journey Through a Small Planet
Emanuel Litvinoff reads from "Journey Through A Small Planet"