A Blessing on the Moon
Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust—a fable inspired by fact—received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997.
At the center of A Blessing on the Moon is Chaim Skibelski. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim’s troubles. In the opening pages, he is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim’s afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes.
Not since art Spiegelman’s Maus has a work so powerfully evoked one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century with such daring originality.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - suesbooks - LibraryThing
the first chapter was a use of magical realism that i thought was done well. it involved a polish child who was horrified by her family's behavior toward jews. however, the rest of the book about losing the moon did not work for me. Read full review
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Contrary to Chaim Skibelski's expectations, the World to Come has not, since his death in a Polish pogrom. Instead, he and his fellow killed Jews are stuck in an in-between not-life, uncertain where ... Read full review
THE COLOR OF POISON BERRIES
THE SMALLER TO RULE BY NIGHT
INTERVIEWS WITH JOSEPH SKIBELL
The Ester and Chaim Skibelski family
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION