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The World to Come

A Novel

Horn, Dara

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The World to Come
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By the winner of three national awards, a daring, ambitious, and wildly readable novel. A million-dollar painting by Marc Chagall is stolen from a museum. The unlikely thief is Benjamin Ziskind, a thirty-year-old quiz-show writer. As Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade the police, they find themselves recalling their dead parents - the father who lost a leg in Vietnam, the mother who created children's books - and their stories about trust, loss, and betrayal. What is true, what is fake, what does it mean? Eighty years before the theft, these questions haunted Chagall and the enigmatic Yiddish fabulist Der Nister ("The Hidden One"), teachers at a school for Jewish orphans. Both the painting and the questions will travel through time to shape the Ziskinds' futures. With astonishing grace and simplicity, Dara Horn interweaves a real art heist, history, biography, theology, and Yiddish literature. Richly satisfying, utterly unique, her novel opens the door to "the world to come" - not life after death, but the world we create through our actions right now.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393051072
Branch Call Number: FICTION HORN
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,25 cm

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A million-dollar painting by Marc Chagall is stolen from a museum. The unlikely thief is Benjamin Ziskind, a thirty-year-old quiz-show writer. As Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade the police, they find themselves recalling their dead parents - the father who lost a leg in Vietnam, the mot... Read More »

Benjamin Ziskind, a thirty-year-old quiz-show writer impetuously steals a Chagall painting he believes should rightly belong to his family.


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Mar 22, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was only an ok read. I think the author was trying to reproduce Chagall paintings as literature. Sometimes she succeeded but mostly she didn't/

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