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The Slaughterman’s Daughter

The Avenging of Mende Speismann by the Hand of Her Sister Fanny

Written by Yaniv Iczkovits • Translated by Orr Scharf

Published March 03, 2020 | ISBN 9781487006228
FICTION / Literary

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432 pages
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The Slaughterman’s Daughter

The Avenging of Mende Speismann by the Hand of Her Sister Fanny

Yaniv Iczkovits • Orr Scharf

When Fanny Keismann turns ten, her father, Grodno’s ritual slaughterer, gives her a knife, and she soon develops a talent for her father’s trade. But in nineteenth-century Russia, ritual slaughter does not befit a wife and mother, so when it comes time to marry and raise a family, Fanny abandons her work and devotes herself to raising her five children.

When Fanny’s older sister’s husband disappears, Fanny leaves her own family and sets out for the great city of Minsk in search of her wayward brother-in-law, armed with her old knife and accompanied by Zizek Bershov, who is either a sly rogue or an idiot. Fanny’s mission to help her sister turns into a misadventure that threatens the foundations of the Russian Empire. What began as a family matter in Motol, a peripheral Jewish settlement, breaks the bounds of the shtetl, pits the police against the Czar’s army, and upsets the political and social order they all live in.