The Illuminated Soul by Aryeh Lev Stollman

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Eva Laquedem, a scientist who has fled Prague at the outbreak of World War II, settled briefly in Japan, and then traveled rootlessly like the legendary Wandering Jew, arrives, by accident, in Windsor, Canada, at the home of a devout widow and her two sons. Within her purse she carries the renowned Augsburg Miscellany, a magnificent fifteenth-century illuminated Hebrew manuscript, for which she has risked her life. Eva's physical beauty, the dazzling tales she tells, and, above all, the magnificent Augsburg Miscellany powerfully affect Adele and her sons, giving them a new experience of the world and its possibilities.

Aryeh Lev Stollman's first book, The Far Euphrates, was hailed as "radiant" and "remarkable" by The New York Times Book Review; New York Newsday described it as "kin to the fiction of the late, great Bernard Malamud"; and The Forward declared that the novel "lifts the level of recent American-Jewish writing to a new plane." Now, in his long-awaited second novel, he illuminates the themes he touched on in The Far Euphrates and once again magically expands our sense of the everyday and the limits of our imaginations.

About Aryeh Lev Stollman

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Aryehlev Stollman is a neuroradiologist and the author of two books, The Illuminated Soul and The Far Euphrates, which is an American Library Association Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Review Recommended Book of the Year, and the winner of a Wilbur Award and Lambda Award.
Published February 1, 2002 by Riverhead Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A welcome addition to the household when Joseph is 14 is boarder Eva Laquedem Higashi, a beautiful, sagelike refugee from Prague via Shanghai, who is the very embodiment of the dislocated life many European Jews faced even after the Allies' victory.

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