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At the center of the story is Benjamin Ziskind, a former child prodigy who now spends his days writing questions for a television trivia show. After Ben's twin sister Sara forces him to attend a singles cocktail party at a Jewish museum, Ben spots Over Vitebsk, a Chagall sketch that once hung in the twins' childhood home. Convinced the painting was wrongfully taken from his family, Ben steals the work of art and enlists his twin to create a forgery to replace the stolen Chagall. What follows is a series of interwoven stories that trace the life and times of the famous painting, and the fate of those who come into contact with it.
From a Jewish orphanage in 1920s Soviet Russia to a junior high school in Newark, New Jersey, with a stop in the jungles of Da Nang, Vietnam, Horn takes readers on an amazing journey through the sacred and the profane elements of the human condition. It is this expertly rendered juxtaposition of the spiritual with the secular that makes The World to Come so profound, and so compelling to readers. As we learn near the end of the beautiful tale, "The real world to come is down below--the world, in the future, as you create it." --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Loved this book. The magic of Chagall shines through the whole magnificent story. And the ending was a delight.Published 14 days ago by Ruth Harthun
Dara Horn has outdone herself in this novel, which moves backward and forward through the whole 20th century to explain what happened to a famous Chagall painting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Groner
I did not get this book. I recognize that Horn is a gifted writer. Her descriptions are quite vivid and creative. However, I found myself skimming pages because I was so bored. Read morePublished 2 months ago by heather40
I read this a while back, never finished it. Got bored and now I don't remember it at all. I didn't even remember buying it.Published 2 months ago by blooms
In depth characters create a great base for this fictional story. All the generations that interact with this painting show the ready about what we all endure in our life and how... Read morePublished 3 months ago by funread231