*** stars. No one has ever written about the Holocaust as well as Elie Wiesel. In this novel Doriel, a European expatriate living in New York, suffers from a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a member of the Resistance, survived World War II only to die in an accident, together with his father, soon after. Doriel was a child during the war, and his knowledge of the Holocaust is largely limited to what he finds in movies and books. Doriel?s parents and their secrets haunt him, leaving him filled with longing but unable to experience the most basic joys in life. He plunges into an intense study of Judaism, but instead of finding solace, he comes to believe that he is possessed.
He finally turns to Dr. Thérèse Goldschmidt to cure him of his "madness". The psychoanalyst finds herself particularly intrigued by her patient. The two enter into an uneasy relationship based on exchanges of dreams, histories, and secrets. Despite Doriel?s initial resistance, she helps to bring him to an amazing choice. Recommend
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