A story of love and the pain of emancipation. Hannah is the most beautiful girl in an orthodox Jewish village in the remote province of Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia. Involvement in the exciting new movement of Zionism takes her away to a nearby town. There she meets and falls in love with the strangely named Ivo Karajich: a Jew, yet not a Jew.Olbracht's novella is both a greatA story of love and the pain of emancipation. Hannah is the most beautiful girl in an orthodox Jewish village in the remote province of Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia. Involvement in the exciting new movement of Zionism takes her away to a nearby town. There she meets and falls in love with the strangely named Ivo Karajich: a Jew, yet not a Jew.Olbracht's novella is both a great love story and a marvellous portrait of a world that modernity threatened and Hitler destroyed....
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The Sorrowful Eyes of Hannah Karajich Reviews
First published in Czechoslovakia as part of Golet i údoliFirst published in English in US in 1967 by Crown Publishers Inc in a collection of stories entitled The Bitter and the SweetFrom the Introduction:'There is an old story about a Hasidic Jew being asked how many countries he has seen. Well, he says, I was born in Austria-Hungary, I was married in Czechoslovakia, I was widowed in Hungary, and now I am trying to make ends meet in the Soviet Union. Been quite a traveller then, haven't you? Not at all. I never moved a step from Mukachevo.'Opening: The eyes of Hannh Karajich, once the most beautiful eyes in all Polana, almond-shaped eyes incredibly wide and dark, so deep they made your head swim, their long lashes softening to sweetness, whose gleam no man's heart could bear unveiled - the most wonderful eyes in the whole countryside have grown sorrowful, and sorrowful they will remain until the moment when her dear Ivo (God grant that it be he!) gently weights them down with a silver coin.Mukachevo, Nicolas de Fer , 1692It was the above 1692 map I found when researching some other matter, that lead me to the town, and sequentially, this book.
The forgotten world of those people my assimilated Jewish family in Prague called " Those ridiculous Polish Jews"The sophisticated Prague Jews generally thought of those inhabitants of Polish and Ukrainian villages ( part of Ukraine then belonged to Czechoslovakia) as backwards. to religious, old fashioned.Of course, their world vanished with the Holocaust.This book is just one of several stories. I loved it.. The conflict between new and old, religious and secular, the tragic misunderstandings. It is also story of love.I always hoped that somehow, with time, those sad eyes of Hana would become less sad/But of course, this was written in 1937, so Hana and her husband as well as most of heer relatives would end up in the concentration camps.This really is an interesting book. ANd it is short.
The Sorrowful Eyes of Hannah Karajich (sic - the translation tends to reduce names to a phonetic approximation in English) portrays the conflict between modernizing and assimilating Jews and their much more conservative Orthodox families and neighbors and shows the emotional cost of leaving a community so bound in tradition. It's particularly poignant in that the worlds of both the traditional and assimilated Jews would be destroyed in less than two decades after the publication of the original work.