Catalan Review

"Devastació i Runes": Dues Elegies Hebrees de Ximon Ben Tsémah Duran, Interpretades a la Llum Del Desastre de 1391

Catalan Review (2013), 27, (1), 87–116.

Abstract

This article offers the original Hebrew text and annotated Catalan translation of two elegies written by Shimon ben Tsemach Duran, who lived through the destruction of the Jewish community of Mallorca in 1391. Although it cannot be proved that Duran wrote these poems in the wake of the attacks, we analyze how the conflict may have shaped his vision of Jewish history and informed his feelings about life in the Diaspora, and how the author skillfully weaves references to the Babylonian exile with allusions to his own.

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