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My Name is Asher Lev

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Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Ashers passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.

Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a modern classic.

About the Author

Chaim Potok was born in the Bronx in 1929. He graduated from Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was ordained as a rabbi, and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Potoks first novel, The Chosen, published in 1967, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Memorial Book Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. He died in 2002.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449911686
Author:
Potok, Chaim
Publisher:
Anchor
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Religious fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Crown Heights
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
#11-79
Publication Date:
20030311
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .8 in .6 lb

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