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The World to Come

A Novel
Horn, Dara (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Horn, Dara, 1977-
Title: The world to come
a novel
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dara Horn
ISBN: 0393051072
Branch Call Number: FICTION HORN
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-314)
Subject Headings: Art thefts Fiction Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985 Appreciation Fiction Fugitives from justice Fiction Brothers and sisters Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Parents Death Fiction Jewish families Fiction Twins Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Domestic fiction
Jewish fiction
Topical Term: Art thefts
Fugitives from justice
Brothers and sisters
Loss (Psychology)
Parents
Jewish families
Twins
LCCN: 2005014586
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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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