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Leela Corman is an American cartoonist and illustrator. Corman created the 2012 graphic novel Unterzakhn, which follows the lives of Jewish twin sisters growing up in turn-of-the-century tenements on the Lower East Side of New York City. Published by the Schocken Books, Unterzakhn has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award, Eisner Award, and Le Prix Artemisia. Parts of Unterzakhn were published in HEEB and Lilith magazines.

Corman was born in Massachusetts in year 1972. The paternal side of the family is Russian Jewish while the maternal side is Jewish from Poland. Leela’s grandmother taught her Yiddish, which became a common theme in her work. Corman’s grandfather lost several of his family members in the Holocaust. Corman became interested in the comics at age 13 and studied painting, printmaking and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art. She self-published three issues of the minicomic Flimflam while still in college and won a year 1999 Xeric Award for Graphic Novel Queen’s Day.

Corman’s illustrations have appeared on many album covers and for PBS, The New York Times and the BUST Magazine. Corman also has other short comic publications in the Nautilus Magazine, Tablet Magazine, The Nib, Symbolia, and The OC Weekly. He teaches at Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) in Gainesville, Florida, a low-cost comic arts school, and at the University of Florida. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Fine Arts and a Founding Instructor at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville.

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Corman has also worked on album covers, illustrating covers for Beat the Champ and Goths by The Mountain Goats.

Corman has published work in the United States, as well as in Portugal, Spain and France. Corman has stated that she is interested in approaching women’s lives from a female perspective and offering representation for women and by women. She describes her creative process as ranging from creating miniatures to writing, drawing heavily on the experiences of her Jewish family.

BookUnterzakhn
AuthorLeela Corman
LanguageEnglish
Size MB
Pages208
CategoryNovel

Unterzakhn Book PDF download for free

Unterzakhn Book PDF download for free

A compelling and harrowing graphic novel about the life of immigrants on New York’s Lower East Side in the early 20th century, seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.

For six-year-old Esther and Fanya, the busy streets of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1910s are a fascinating playground and a place where life’s lessons are learned quickly and often cruelly.

In drawings that capture both the tumult and the revealing details of this street life, Unterzakhn (Yiddish for “underwear”) tells the story of these sisters: as wide-eyed girls absorbing the sights and sounds of an immigrant neighborhood in a hurry; as teenagers making their own tentative steps toward the rest of the world (Esther works for a woman who runs a burlesque theater and brothel, Fanya for an obstetrician who also performs illegal abortions); and finally as adults fighting for their own piece of “golden land,” where the difference between narrow survival and triumphant success means painful choices for each of them that will inevitably have tragic repercussions.

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Leela Corman’s graphic novel Unterzakhn is pretty much all of that. The drawings are bold and make no compromises in the name of conventional modesty or modern notions of beauty. Jewish twin girls grow up poor in New York in 1910 and live parallel, but not so different. The story is not about a wealthy immigrant family, but about semi-educated people surviving and trying to make sense of a random world. Depending on when this book comes into your life, it will have enormous power or just appear “different”.

The word Unterzakhn is Yiddish for underwear. This is what the demanding and uncompromising mother of the twins Fanya and Ester does to free her family from the total poverty. What her deeply unhappy father does is almost irrelevant. The world of the two girls is very tough. Death and cruelty are more common than the joy or compassion. Only one gets an education and the other, because of her artistic inclination, becomes a prostitute, a dancer and a star.

The infrequent use of flashbacks helps the reader understand that this family has survived generations of intolerance and survival and that the girl’s parents’ arranged marriage is not the Fiddler on the Roof variety.

There’s too much of what I’ve seen before. The story arc is too almost predictable. If you get to this book before you’ve read the tales of failed immigrants or the European stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, among others, then this could be a very important book. A seasoned reader will think he has sensed the particular difficulties of women of this class and age. this is a very good book

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