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Yiddish for Pirates

Yiddish for Pirates

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Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, a hilarious, swashbuckling yet powerful tale of pirates, buried treasure and a search for the Fountain of Youth, told in the ribald, philosophical voice of a 500-year-old Jewish parrot.

Set in the years around 1492, Yiddish for Pirates recounts the compelling story of Moishe, a Bar Mitzvah boy who leaves home to join a ship's crew, where he meets Aaron, the polyglot parrot who becomes his near-constant companion.
From a present-day Florida nursing home, this wisecracking yet poetic bird guides us through a world of pirate ships, Yiddish jokes and treasure maps. But Inquisition Spain is a dangerous time to be Jewish and Moishe joins a band of hidden Jews trying to preserve some forbidden books. He falls in love with a young woman, Sarah; though they are separated by circumstance, Moishe's wanderings are motivated as much by their connection as by his quest for loot and freedom. When all Jews are expelled from Spain, Moishe travels to the Caribbean with the ambitious Christopher Columbus, a self-made man who loves his creator. Moishe eventually becomes a pirate and seeks revenge on the Spanish while seeking the ultimate booty: the Fountain of Youth.
This outstanding New Face of Fiction is filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales--fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas--but it's also a tender love story, between Moishe and Sarah, and between Aaron and his "shoulder," Moishe. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, Yiddish for Pirates is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution from one of this country's most talented writers.

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Hardback Editions

April 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: Yiddish for Pirates
Author(s): Gary Barwin
ISBN: 0-345-81551-3 / 978-0-345-81551-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: Yiddish for Pirates
Author(s): Gary Barwin
ISBN: 0-345-81552-1 / 978-0-345-81552-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Yiddish for Pirates
Author(s): Gary Barwin
Publisher: Random House Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   

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