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The World To Come
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The World To Come
by Dara Horn
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An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World To Come is Dara Horn's follow-up to her breakout critically acclaimed debut novel In the Image. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family.

An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World To Come is Dara Horn's follow-up to her breakout critically acclaimed debut novel In the Image. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family.

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  • AudioFile Magazine When Benjamin Ziskind sees a painting that once hung in his parents' house hanging in a museum, he steals it, an act that opens a window on events that wind back to Marc Chagall's art classes in 1920s' Russia. The novel spans generations at the same time that it reveals how Ben, his sister, and a museum employee deal with the theft. Although his voices are repetitive for minor characters, William Dufris portrays the central characters with voices that provide insight into their thoughts and feelings. His narration makes it easy to follow Dara Horn's complicated but fascinating linkages as she demonstrates how Ben's actions are shaped by generations before him. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 24, 2005
    Former child prodigy Ben Ziskind—5'6", 123 pounds and legally blind—steals a Marc Chagall painting at the end of an alienating singles cocktail hour at a local museum, determined to prove that its provenance is tainted and that it belongs to his family. With surety and accomplishment, Horn (In the Image
    ) telescopes out into Ziskind's familial history through an exploration of Chagall's life; that of Chagall's friend the Yiddish novelist Der Nister; 1920s Soviet Russia and its horrific toll on Russian Jews; the nullifying brutality of Vietnam (where Ben's father, Daniel, served a short, terrifying stint); and the paradoxes of American suburbia, a place where native Ben feels less at home than the teenage Soviet refugee Leonid Shcharansky. Ben's relationship with his pregnant twin sister, Sara, a painter who eventually tries to render a forgery of the painting to return to the museum, is a damply compelling exposition of what it means to have someone biologically close but emotionally distant. Horn, born in 1977, expertly handles subplots and digressions, neatly bringing in everything from Yiddish lore to Nebuchadnezzar, Da Nang, the Venice Biennale, recent theories of child development, brutal Soviet politics and Daniel's job as a writer for fictional TV show American Genius
    . Characters like Erica Frank, of the Museum of Hebraic Art, give tart glimpses into still-claustrophobic Goodbye, Columbus
    territory, which Horn then unites with a much grander place that furnishes the book's title.

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