The book is based on the papers presented at the Mendel Friedman Yiddish conference held at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, in August 2012, revisits the rich and diverse legacy of the Yiddish writer Pinkhas Kahanovitsh, known by his penname Der Mister.
Introduction: Der Nister, Real and Imaginary 1. Der Nister's 'Hamburg Score' 2. Der Nister's Hebrew Nosegay 3. Andersens Mayselekh and Der Nister's Symbolist Agenda 4. A mayse mit a hon. Dos tsigele: Marc Chagall illustrating Der Nister 5. The 'Political' Writings of an 'Unpolitical' Yiddish Symbolist 6. Watch the Throne: Allegory, Kingship and Trauerspiel in the Stories of Der Nister and Reb Nakhman 7. Turning My Soul Inside Out': Text and Context of The Family Mashber 8. Symbolist Quest and Grotesque Masks: The Family Mashber as Parable and Confession 9. The Feast Has Ended': Time in the Family Mashber 10. We are lacking "A Man Dieth in a Tent"': Der Nister's Search for Redemption in the Summer of 1947