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Vilna My Vilna
Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz

Translated from the Yiddish by Helen Mintz

Foreword by Justin Cammy

Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York

"Thanks to this wonderful volume, expertly translated by Helen Mintz, Abraham Karpinowitz will finally get the attention he deserves. His stories are funny, well-crafted and suffused with the special atmosphere of Jewish Vilna." – Samuel D. Kassow, Northam Professor of History, Trinity College.

Karpinowitz is a master storyteller with a talent for blending fact and fiction, an eye for detail, a finely attuned ear for slang – and an abiding affection for the colorful characters who inhabit the lost world of prewar Vilna... It’s all brilliantly rendered in this first-ever translation.” – Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.


Winner of the 2016 J. I. Segal Translation Award for a Book on a Jewish Theme READ MORE

Winner of 2016 Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the category of Yiddish READ MORE

Honorable Mention for 2017 Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. READ MORE


“Vilna my Vilna by Abraham Karpinowitz”
Interview with Radio Safarad August 2018

“Vilna as a centre of Jewish culture in Interwar Poland”
Interview with Radio Safarad August 2018