“Unterzakhn” Graphic Novel Portrays Lower East Side, Circa 1910

Posted on: April 26th, 2012 at 11:19 am by

We love graphic novels, and were especially thrilled to learn of a recent release that focuses on the early twentieth century Lower East Side. Time to re-tool our reading list!

Unterzakhn is the latest long-form comic book from author-illustrator Leela Corman, whose previous publishing credits include Queens Day and Subway Series. The story, titled in Yiddish meaning “Underthings,” plots the chronicle of immigrant twin sisters Esther and Fanya in 1910. Knopf/Doubleday press materials peg the narrative as a coming-of-age tale on the Lower East Side “where life’s lessons are learned quickly and often cruelly.” For instance, Esther works for burlesque theater and whorehouse operator, Fanya for an obstetrician who performs illegal abortions.

Photo Credit: Knopf/Doubleday

Corman is currently on tour promoting the book, and will conclude plugging festivities at the MoCCA Festival this weekend.

As part of the PR campaign, the official website also published some awesome Yiddish flashcards. We’ve borrowed a couple for your enjoyment:

Recent Stories

serafina-reopens
Serafina Ludlow Reopens After Brief DOH Closure

Demise isn’t yet in the cards for Serafina Ludlow, it seems. On Monday afternoon, just a few days after the Department of Health shuttered the four-month-old satellite location, the gates were hoisted and restaurant reopened. Business as usual. The city stopped by twice last week, and leveled a bevy of violations against Serafina, resulting in […]

east-broadway-subway-2014_wm
Report: 28-Year-Old Man Found Dead in East Broadway Subway Station

Sunday morning, a 28-year-old man was found dead inside the East Broadway subway station. Police, responding to the 911 call, arrived at 8:26am and found the deceased unconscious, and sitting on the ground. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, but cause of death was not yet determined, police said. The 7th Precinct continues […]

public-lights-rain_wm
Public Hotel Doubles Down with ‘Lite Brite’ Style Spelling on Chrystie Street

If the gargantuan Public Hotel on Chrystie Street were a Lite-Brite, its top floors would be the canvas, the string of lights its pegs. Two weeks after spelling itself on the north face of the building, workers completed a similar feat for the southern exposure. Whereas the former is sideways, the latter is right-side-up. It’s […]

232eastbroadway-painted
Seward Park Co-op Pushes $46.5M Air Rights Sale for Two Large Condo Towers on East Broadway

Get ready for more… The Seward Park Co-op might soon be accomplice to large-scale development in its backyard. Shareholders in the complex are one vote away from selling $46.5 million in air rights to developer Ascend Group for two large scale towers on East Broadway. Something big will happen here regardless of the final tally, […]

birds-bubbles-closed_wm
Birds & Bubbles Appears Donezo After Less Than 3 Years on Forsyth Street

The birds are quiet, and the bubbles flat. Word on the street is that chef Sarah Simmons’ Birds & Bubbles venture on Forsyth Street is kaput. Last night, the dining room was dark and marquee neon switched off. While the restaurant’s social media is keeping mum on the matter, a reader living within earshot noted […]