From the celebrated author of The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev,
a trilogy of related novellas about a woman whose life touches
three very different men--stories that encompass some of the
profoundest themes of the twentieth century.
Ilana Davita Dinn is the listener to whom three men relate their
As a young girl, she offers English lessons to a teenage survivor
of the camps. In "The Ark Builder," he shares with her the story of
his friendship with a proud old builder of synagogue arks, and what
happened when the German army invaded their Polish town.
As a graduate student, she finds herself escorting a guest lecturer
from the Soviet Union, and in "The War Doctor," her sympathy moves
him to put his painful past to paper recounting his experiences as
a Soviet NKVD agent who was saved by an idealistic doctor during
the Russian civil war, only to encounter him again during the
terrifying period of the Kremlin doctors' plot.
And, finally, we meet her in "The Trope Teacher," in which a
distinguished professor of military history, trying to write his
memoirs, is distracted by his wife's illness and by the arrival
next door of a new neighbor, the famous writer I. D. (Ilana Davita)
Poignant and profound, Chaim Potok's newest fiction is a major
addition to his remarkable--and remarkably loved--body of work.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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