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This review is from: A Tale Of Love And Darkness (Paperback)
Although a very different work, in stature this book ranks with Nabokov's Speak Memory as one of the greatest of autobiographies. Of course it is the autobiography of a master novelist and so it is much more than the story of a life. Through the medium of a rich population of characters it explores the history of central and eastern European Jewry, the founding of the State of Israel, but also, and centrally, the coming of age of a young boy and the slide into depression and suicide of a beautiful and gifted woman (his mother). In all it is a complete and painfully moving work of art.