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The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

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In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic—part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work—that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.

The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust—an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest childhood. Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939 and tantalized by fragmentary tales of a terrible betrayal, Daniel Mendelsohn sets out to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives' fates. That quest eventually takes him to a dozen countries on four continents, and forces him to confront the wrenching discrepancies between the histories we live and the stories we tell. And it leads him, finally, back to the small Ukrainian town where his family's story began, and where the solution to a decades-old mystery awaits him.

Deftly moving between past and present, interweaving a world-wandering odyssey with childhood memories of a now-lost generation of immigrant Jews and provocative ruminations on biblical texts and Jewish history, The Lost transforms the story of one family into a profound, morally searching meditation on our fragile hold on the past. Deeply personal, grippingly suspenseful, and beautifully written, this literary tour de force illuminates all that is lost, and found, in the passage of time.

Synopsis:

In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic--part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work--that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.

Synopsis:

The author of The Exclusive Embrace describes how his family was haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the holocaust and how he embarked on a determined search to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his lost ancestors' fates, an effort that took him to a dozen countries on three continents. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061748721
Subtitle:
A Search for Six of Six Million
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Photographer:
Matt Mendelsohn
Author:
Mendelsohn, Daniel
Author:
Daniel Mendelsohn
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Jews -- United States.
Subject:
Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam
Subject:
Judaism-Holocaust
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070821
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
528

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust
Religion » Judaism » History

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Product details 528 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061748721 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic--part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work--that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.
"Synopsis" by , The author of The Exclusive Embrace describes how his family was haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the holocaust and how he embarked on a determined search to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his lost ancestors' fates, an effort that took him to a dozen countries on three continents. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
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