Sudden Rain/Plutsemdiker Regn, a new bilingual book of Yiddish poetry, is the remarkable debut of a young American-born poet, Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath.
Each page of the book presents the Yiddish original on the right and its English translation on the left. Ms. Schaechter-Viswanath's poems are inspiring, polished commentaries on contemporary life in the late 20th century, on a variety of topics ranging from our computerized lifestyle to a young Jewish woman's response to September 11th.
The lyrical English translations by Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, and the poet Zackary Berger, are themselves self-contained poems that sensitively convey the meaning, rhyme and rhythm of the Yiddish original.
The book also features an in-depth introduction (in both Yiddish and English) by Dr. Sheva Zucker, author of the popular textbook Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture.
Sudden Rain/Plutsemdiker Regn would be a wonderful addition to any library, and a delightful gift for anyone who enjoys poetry, or who is eager to support a new generation of talented Yiddish writers.