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My Name is Asher Lev

Written by Chaim Potok

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

My Name is Asher Lev Synopsis

Asher Lev is a gifted loner, the artist who painted the sensational Brooklyn Crucifixion. Into it he poured all the anguish and torment a Jew can feel when torn between the faith of his fathers and the calling of his art. Here Asher Lev plunges back into his childhood and recounts the story of love and conflict which dragged him to this crossroads.

My Name is Asher Lev Press Reviews

A novel of finely articulated tragic power. . . . Little short of a work of genius. --The New York Times Book Review Memorable. . . . Profound in its vision of humanity, of religion, and of art. --The Wall Street Journal Such a feeling of freshness, of something brand-new. . . . Attention-holding and ultimately moving. --The New York Times Engrossing and illuminating. --Miami Herald

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141190563
Publication date: 5th November 2009
Author: Chaim Potok
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 336 pages

About Chaim Potok

Born in 1929, Chaim Potok grew up and was educated in New York. After being ordained as a rabbi, he took a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a chaplain with the US Forces in Korea from 1955-1957. He died in 2002. His novels The Chosen, The Promise, In the Beginning, The Book of Lights, My Name is Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev and I am The Clay, have all been published by Penguin. He is also the author of Wanderings, a history of the Jews; of a children's book, The Tree of Here; and ...

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