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Yevsey Tseytlin’s “Rereading Silence” Translated by Venya Gushchin
February 12, 2024

Venya Gushchin (Ph.D. candidate, Slavic Languages) is the translator of Yevsey Tseytlin’s Rereading Silence: From the Diaries of Those Years (M-Graphics, 2023). 

From the Publisher:

Yevsey Tseytlin is an essayist, literary critic, and prose writer. Author of numerous books, among them—Long Conversations in Anticipation of a Happy Death, the subject of debates and arguments for almost a quarter of a century in different countries (the book has been translated into English, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian).

The collection of diary short stories and essays by Yevsey Tseytlin Rereading Silence in its own way continues Long Conversations. Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel called his Soviet compatriots “Jews of silence.” Tseytlin tries to “decipher” this silence by writing down Jewish confessions and dreams for many years. Together with his characters, the author plunges into their past lives, full of secrets that they try, but cannot forget.