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Bloomsday Meets Second Avenue

Caraid O’Brien is a Ulysses performer and Yiddish-theater translator

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Caraid O'Brien
Caraid O’Brien

 

Caraid O’Brien was born in Ireland, but after moving to Massachusetts as a girl, she found herself drawn to works by Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. She followed that passion to become one of the foremost translators of Yiddish theater. But she’s still true to her roots, and tomorrow, June 16, she’ll host New York’s Radio Bloomsday—an annual reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses on WBAI. She’ll also perform the role of Molly Bloom in the broadcast. Vox Tablet’s Sara Ivry spoke with O’Brien about the links between Irish and Yiddish literature, and about how a nice Irish girl became embroiled in Jewish culture.

To listen to Radio Bloomsday, tune into WBAI (99.5 FM in New York City) or WBAI.org on June 16 at 7 p.m.

Caraid O’Brien photo by Pablo Aguilar. Bloomsday 2008 by Drew Saunders; some rights reserved.

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Have a very large collection of Yiddish illustrated songsheets from early 19th century.I bet you would be interested.

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Only in America could a Caraid O’Brian be a “foremost” translator of Yiddish plays into English.

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Bloomsday Meets Second Avenue

Caraid O’Brien is a Ulysses performer and Yiddish-theater translator

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