Mordekhay Bachaev (Muhib): Two new publications

Posted on August 15th, 2011 by


We offer two new books of the bukharan-jewish writer and intellectual Mordekhay Bachayev:

Yodnoma-i Muhib (The Memory Book of Muhib – Collection of articles). Vol. 8 – Addenda, Tsur-Ot, Jerusalem 2011, 45,00€

and

Mordekhai Bachayev (Muhib): V kamennom Meshke – Kniga Vospominanii (In a Stone Sack). 2 Vols., translated from Tajik by Mordakhay Bachayev and Lydia Bachayeva. Tsur-Ot: Jerusalem 2011, 65,00€

Yodnoma-i Muhib

(The Memory Book of Muhib – Collection of articles). Vol. 8 – Addenda, Tsur-Ot, Jerusalem 2011, 45,00€

Some time ago we offered the 7 vols edition of Kulliot, the collected works of Mordekhay ben Hiyo Bachayev (see forther down the page). Just recently this edition got enlarged by an 8th vol. titled  “The Memory Book of Muhib”, a collection of more than 80 articles, speeches, and reviews in Tadjik, Russian, and English. The collection thus brings together in one volume most of scholarly articles on Muhib by scholars such as Michael Zand, Jiri Bechka, Il’ya Yakubov, Hagay Ishoqov. The volume was edited on occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Bukharan Jewish author and translator. Mordekhay ben Hiyo Bachayev passed away in 2007.

Download (Book of Muhib1.pdf, 880KB)

Mordekhay Bachayev (Muhib): V kamennom Meshke – Kniga Vospominanii (in Russian)

(In a Stone Sack). 2 Vols., translated from Tajik by Mordakhay Bachayev and Lydia Bachayeva. Tsur-Ot: Jerusalem 2011, 65,00€

The two volumes of “In a Stone Sack” (taj.: Dar juvol-i sangin– russ.: V kamennom meshke) is an autobiographical description of the life of an judeo-bukharan intellectual between 1918 and 1944. The colorfull and multi-layered memories of Bachaev take the reader to a tour through Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent, where in the first half of the twentieth century Soviet modernity was introduced. Bachayev describes and documents the emerging tensions and hopes but also the failures of the project from an indigenious, jewish perspective.

The first part (456 pp.) covers the years from 1918 up to 1938, the year when Bachayev was imprisoned. Part two (296 pp.) covers the years in prison and GULAG 1938 up to 1944. The image of the “Stone Sack” stands for both the solitary cell Bachayev was kept in and for the Soviet system in general.

The autobiography was first published in 1988 and 1989 in Tajik language in Israel.

Download (In a stone sack.pdf, 1.29MB)

Kulliyot – Collected Works of M. Bachayev

Muhib (Mordakhay H. Bachayev): Kulliyot (Collected works in 7 Vols.) Jerusalem 2006 (Vol. I-IV) 2007 (Vol. V-VII). containing all the works of the author in Judeo-Tajik (in Cyrillic script) and a few in Russian.  350,00€
Kulliyot – The Complete Works of the Bukharan Jewish writer and intellectual Mordakhay H. Bachayev is both a great example of and a unique introduction to the culture and literature of the Bukharan Jews (the term is used for all Persian-speaking Jews of Central Asia) of the 20th century. Iranist Jiri Be?ka once called Muhib (the penname of Bachayev) the most prominent representative and continuator of Judeo-Persian literary tradition. Nevertheless, even in scholarly circles Muhib’s oeuvre is scarcely known, since the rich cultural and literary heritage of this community is only published privately in very small editions and basically circulates only amongst the big Bukharan-Jewish communities in Israel and the United States.

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