The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn

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In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic—part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work—that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.

 

About Daniel Mendelsohn

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Daniel Mendelsohn's reviews and essays on literary and cultural subjects appear frequently in The New York Review of Books andThe New Yorker. His books include a memoir, The Elusive Embrace, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; an acclaimed translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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An American Jew undertakes a quest to find out what happened to six of his own relatives who died in the Holocaust.

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The New York Times

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Daniel Mendelsohn’s new book is the record of his extraordinary efforts to construct a picture of his slain kin.

Sep 20 2006 | Read Full Review of The Lost

The New York Times

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In his attempts to rescue from oblivion a single family’s fate, Daniel Mendelsohn draws us more deeply into the experience of the Holocaust than we might have thought possible.

Sep 24 2006 | Read Full Review of The Lost

Book Reporter

From an early age, Mendelsohn had been captivated by the stories.

Jan 06 2011 | Read Full Review of The Lost

USA Today

As a boy growing up on Long Island, Daniel Mendelsohn loved stories his Orthodox Jewish grandfather told about the ancestral home in the Ukrainian shtetl of Bolechow and relatives who left it for Israel and America.

Oct 05 2006 | Read Full Review of The Lost

Bookmarks Magazine

Second, Mendelsohn interweaves medieval Jewish interpretations of biblical stories into his story, which gives the book tremendous depth but, according to some critics, confuses the central story line.

Aug 22 2007 | Read Full Review of The Lost

The New York Review of Books

Connelly in 1996: "Parthenon and Parthenoi: A Mythological Interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze," American Journal of Archaeology, Vol.

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