Ode to the Dove

A Yiddish poem by Abraham Sutzkever

by Zackary Sholem Berger, translator, and Liora Ostroff, Illustrator


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About this book

“The greatest poet of the Holocaust” – The New York Times

Avrom Sutzkever (1913-2010) was an acclaimed Yiddish poet, a freedom fighter, and a witness in the Nuremberg trials. His epic poem Ode to the Dove is now available in English for the first time in its entirety, translated by Zackary Sholem Berger, with illustrations by Liora Ostroff.

Sutzkever’s visionary imagery moves from the past to the future, from Dante to Chagall, from the streets that stone themselves to the Reed Sea. He seeks the dove compelling him to write, wishing to feed her silver syllables. But what happens at the end of world-spanning travels, when the poet and the dove finally meet?



Advance Praise

Sutzkever’s definitive statement on the creative imperative in the shadow of catastrophe and on the transcendent power of the Yiddish word has been artfully translated by Zackary Sholem Berger. Liora Ostroff’s illustrations make this an elegant volume for lovers of poetry.

—Justin Cammy, translator of Sutzkever, From the Vilna Ghetto to Nuremberg: Memoir and Testimony, and Professor of World Literatures, Smith College