The Muses of Bashevis Singer

( Israel / 2014 )
Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translators, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to form the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just as he charmed and enchanted his translators. A film about the art of translation and one of the great figures of twentieth century literature.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 72 min.
Theme: Arts and Culture, Biography, History, Jewish Studies, Women
Language(s): English, Hebrew, Yiddish
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay
Producer(s): Shaul Betser, Keren Michael, Asaf see all »
The Muses of Bashevis Singer


  • "You won't read the famed Yiddish language author the same way again."
    Hollywood Reporter
  • "There’s a strong case to be made that Singer’s English translations were just as authentic as their Yiddish sources. But who were these translators?....Now a new documentary, "The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer," directed by Israeli filmmakers Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, allows us to hear from these women themselves."
    The Jewish Daily Forward
  • "Muses is most valuable in exploring this connection between Singer’s seduction of translators and his seduction of a worldwide readership."
    Prof. Ruth Wisse, Harvard University
  • A wealth of archival material... Recomended.
    Video Librarian

Festival participation

  • Haifa IFF 2014
  • New York Jewish FF 2015
  • Las Vegas Jewish FF 2015
  • Washington Jewish FF 2015
  • Miami IFF 2015
  • Philadelphia Jewish FF 2015
  • Pittsburgh Jewish FF 2015
  • Toronto Jewish FF 2015
  • Seattle IFF 2015
  • San Francisco Jewish FF 2015

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Additional Info

Production Company: Antenna Productions
Distribution Company: Cinephil

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