The World to Come

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Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: DD18206
Released: Mar 08, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400102303
Narrator/s: William Dufris
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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. Benjamin Ziskind, a former child prodigy, 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 stolen from his family, Ben steals the work of art and enlists Sara to create a forgery to replace it. While trying to evade the police, Ben attempts to find the truth of how the painting got to the museum. From a Jewish orphanage in 1920s Soviet Russia where Marc Chagall brought art to orphaned Jewish boys, to a junior high school in Newark, New Jersey, with a stop in the jungles of Da Nang, Vietnam, Horn weaves a story of mystery, romance, folklore, history and theology into a spellbinding modern tale. Richly satisfying and 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.


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The World to Come
Product Number: BX00039357
Product Number:Z10004377
Product Number:DD18206

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Author(s): Dara Horn
Narrator(s): William Dufris
Product Number Z10004377
Released: Mar 08, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400122301

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"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"

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