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The World to Come by Dara Horn



Ben­jamin Ziskind, a for­mer child prodi­gy, is new­ly divorced and mourn­ing the recent death of his moth­er. The nov­el begins with Benjamin’s theft of a small Cha­gall paint­ing from a New York muse­um and then moves to Sovi­et Rus­sia in the 1920s where his grand­fa­ther receives art instruc­tion from Cha­gall at a school for orphaned Jew­ish boys. There we meet the Yid­dish writer Der Nis­ter, whose spir­it informs this novel.