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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 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. Reading group guide included.


'\"Nothing short of amazing.\"\'\"Entertainment Weekly\n



"Nothing short of amazing."--Entertainment Weekly

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Dara Horn, author of the award-winning novels The World to Come and In the Image, is one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." She lives with her family in New York City.

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my_suzieq, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by my_suzieq)
Part art heist mystery, part Yiddish literature and theology, part love story and biography, all graceful, rich writing - Dara Horn captured me from the first paragraph.
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BWH, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by BWH)
I'm a fan of Dara Horn. This is the second of her books that I've read. They are eminently readable. This explores eastern Europe yiddishkeit, the art world of Chagall and his writer contemporaries, life in America and life before and after our time on earth. Just try it!
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Sabena, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Sabena)
The World to Come is a story-sculpture of life seen through the eyes of a Jewish orphan-survivor of a 1920s Russian pogrom and a man in post-Vietnam War America in pursuit of his family's history, a fluid weaving of past and present brought together by the art and humanity of Marc Chagall. The characters are as vivid and as unmoored as the people who populate Chagall's paintings. Rich in quietly, thoroughly observed detail, imbued with the music of Yiddish, it is a bouquet of spiritual quandaries planted in a crime mystery.
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Horn, Dara
W. W. Norton & Company
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