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The World to Come by Dara HornA million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his familys startling history--from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.
The World to Come
And light," Horn has him telling a writer friend. Do yourself a favor and don't beat it to death. Inspired by a real-life art theft in Manhattan five years ago, "The World to Come" encompasses early Soviet Russia, the Vietnam War and lateth-century New Jersey as it explores the nature of true art and the value of forgery, the trials of adolescence and the betrayals of adulthood. It also considers the responsibility of literature to convey a message -- and the somewhat dubious freedom of a painting to mean nothing at all. The painting in question is a real one, "Study for 'Over Vitebsk,' " a small canvas depicting a bearded man "moving over the houses as if walking -- unaware, in murky horizontal profile, that he was actually in flight.
Disasters, loss, unrequited love, and survival instincts are all found in this remarkable short story collection spanning many eras and locations. Feb The inherent difficulty of a short story and those who write them can begin and end with the very structure itself.
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