Glikl: Memoirs 1691-1719
Annotated by and with an Introduction by Chava Turniansky
Glikl Hamel's Memoirs open up the life of an early modern Jewish woman in Germany and France in fascinating detail-- children, the ups and downs of family fortune, trade, prayer, story-telling, and more. Chava Turniansky has brought her immense Yiddish learning to this splendid edition and Sarah Friedman's translation does justice to Glikl's lively prose. Kudos for this gift to European history.
—Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, author of Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives
One of the most riveting literary works of the seventeenth century, Glikl's Memoirs is a unique human document that records Jewish history through the eyes of a learned, astute Jewish woman. This translation of Chava Turniansky's magisterial edition is an occasion for celebration, as the complete edition has never before been available in its full glory in English.
—Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University
This vivid translation, richly annotated and accompanied by a masterly introduction, presents the reader for the first time with the complete English version of an extremely rare early-modern 'ego document' authored by a Jewish woman. Glikl's memoirs, comprising detailed accounts of the ups and downs in her life, her keen observations on the lives of others, her worldly preoccupations, her folk wisdom and pietistic ambitions, into all of which she skilfully weaves any number of instructive morality tales, are by now world-famous as a literary gem and a precious historical document, but they have so far been accessible only in heavily edited, abridged recensions and translations into various languages. The present volume is based on Israel-prize-laureate Chava Turniansky's magisterial edition and Hebrew translation of the Yiddish text, faithfully restored to the full scope of its original form.
—Ada Rapoport-Albert, University College London
The joy of Glikl’s work has been greatly enhanced by the efforts of literary scholar Chava Turniansky. She created the 2006 translation into Hebrew, bringing together all of Glikl’s existing manuscript, in the original order (rectifying any textual injuries inflicted by earlier editions). Turniansky’s 2019 English language translation-adaptation provides an excellent introduction to Glikl’s text.
Glikl bas Leyb (1646–1724) was a Jewish businesswoman and memoirist from Hamburg, Germany. Chava Turniansky is professor emerita in the Department of Yiddish at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and an Israel Prize Laureate. Sara Friedman is a translator and has taught translation and translation theory at Bar-Ilan University and Beit Berl College.