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Unterzakhn - Leela Corman
Unterzakhn
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A mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths. For six-year-old Esther and Fanya, the teeming streets of New York’s... show more
A mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths. For six-year-old Esther and Fanya, the teeming streets of New York’s Lower East Side circa 1910 are both a fascinating playground and a place where life’s lessons are learned quickly and often cruelly. In drawings that capture both the tumult and the telling details of that street life, Unterzakhn (Yiddish for “Underthings”) tells the story of these sisters: as wide-eyed little girls absorbing the sights and sounds of a neighborhood of struggling immigrants; as teenagers taking their own tentative steps into the wider world (Esther working for a woman who runs both a burlesque theater and a whorehouse, Fanya for an obstetrician who also performs illegal abortions); and, finally, as adults battling for their own piece of the “golden land,” where the difference between just barely surviving and triumphantly succeeding involves, for each of them, painful decisions that will have unavoidably tragic repercussions.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780805242591 (0805242597)
Publisher: Schocken
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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bookwookiee
bookwookiee rated it
3.0 Unterzakhn
Unterzakhn tracks the lives of two sisters, Esther and Fanya, living in New York at the start of the 20th century. The twin daughters of Jewish immigrant parents, their lives take divergent paths. One enters a brothel, eventually becoming an actress, and the other trains as a midwife and helps perfo...
staciebnsn
staciebnsn rated it
Not really my cup of tea in terms of style but the story was interesting, although extremely disturbing sometimes. Trigger warning required.
gavingrant
gavingrant rated it
3.0 Unterzakhn
Very dark. Loved some of the art.
Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bright and Shiny Shiny rated it
4.0
UnterzakhnbyLeela Cormanor Underthings in Yiddishis a bawdy tale of twin sisters in New York's lower East Side at the turn ofthe century. One works for the lady-doctor who secretly performs abortions and one works for the woman who runs the burlesque andwhorehouse. Tragedy ensues but not where you'...
Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bright and Shiny Shiny rated it
4.0 Unterzakhn
UnterzakhnbyLeela Cormanor Underthings in Yiddishis a bawdy tale of twin sisters in New York's lower East Side at the turn ofthe century. One works for the lady-doctor who secretly performs abortions and one works for the woman who runs the burlesque andwhorehouse. Tragedy ensues but not where you'...
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