Synopses & Reviews
In this powerful novel by one of Israels most prominent writers, Momik, the only child of Holocaust survivors, grows up in the shadow of his parents history. Determined to exorcise the Nazi “beast” from their shattered lives and prepare for a second holocaust he knows is coming, Momik increasingly shields himself from all feeling and attachment. But through the stories his great-uncle tells him—the same stories he told the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp—Momik, too, becomes “infected with humanity.” Grossmans masterly fusing of vision, thought, and emotion make See Under: Love
a luminously imaginative and profoundly affecting work.
"In a few nearly mythic books, such as Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury
, Günter Grass's The Tin Drum
, Gabriel García Máquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude
, large visions of history get hold in innovative ways. See Under: LOVE
may be a worthy successor to this small but awesome canon."—Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review
"A world-class work of fiction, one of the most profound, compelling, and ingenious novels that I have read in years."—Tom LeClair, USA Today
"A dazzling work of imagination."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Momik is the only child of two Holocaust survivors. Something in Momik pushes him into strange, perilous confrontations with the world of pain and love he is determined to avoid. By listening to a relative's special stories for and about children, Momik becomes "infected with humanity" and with the intense loving-kindness that exists alongside the horrors of his ancestry.
About the Author
is the author two books of journalism, several children's book, a play. and six novels, including his most recent, Be My Knife
. He lives in Jerusalem.