Translated from Russian by Yisrael Cohen
Devilspel evokes the lost world of Lithuanian Jews during the Second World War. From the lives of Grigory Kanovich's vividly drawn characters emerges a panorama of world events that shook eastern Europe and the world.
The subtle art of Kanovich is his ability to create characters in the town of Mishkine, like the feisty Danuta Hadassah, the idealistic Elisheva and the complex and empathetic Catholic Cheslavas, who live within us long after the chronicle of their lives has ended. The book is more than a novel. Its story touches the heart and questions human and divine justice in a world gone mad.
With the earlier publication of Shtetl Love Song and now of Devilspel, Grigory Kanovich will take his place amongst the great Jewish writers of eastern Europe whose works embody the noble struggle for dignity and survival during a seminal period of Jewish history.
Dr. Paul Socken
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Waterloo
‘One of the most important Jewish authors of our time’
- Forward Magazine
About the author
Born in 1929, Grigory Kanovich, is one of the most prominent living Jewish writers and winner of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts for 2014. Kanovich’s works, translated into 14 languages, form an epic Litvak Saga – a memorial and a requiem to a community now vanished.