Lost A Search for Six of Six Million

ISBN-10: 0062277774
ISBN-13: 9780062277770
Edition: Revised 
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Description: In this extraordinary epic, a writer’s quest for the truth behind his family’s tragic past in World War II becomes a sweeping investigation into the meaning of memory, family, and history.The Lost is an odyssey in search of six ghosts. Over a period  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In this extraordinary epic, a writer’s quest for the truth behind his family’s tragic past in World War II becomes a sweeping investigation into the meaning of memory, family, and history.The Lost is an odyssey in search of six ghosts. Over a period of five years, Daniel Mendelsohn traveled to nearly a dozen countries on four continents in order to learn the answer to a question he had first asked as a boy, entranced by his Orthodox grandfather’s tales of his family’s history in a small European town: What had happened, really, to his grandfather’s brother Shmiel and his family during the Holocaust? About this one subject, however, the grandfather kept silent, and it was only after his death, when a secret cache of desperate letters written in 1939 was uncovered, that the mystery resurfaced and demanded to be solved. Mendelsohn managed to track down and befriend the twelve remaining survivors from his great-uncle’s Ukrainian town. He then pieced together the stories of who Shmiel and his family were and how they lived and died—although the full and devastating answer to the latter question was not revealed until he made a stunning discovery, during a final visit to Ukraine.Woven through this remarkable narrative is a series of rich portraits from the book of Genesis that casts a special light on the startling revelations made in the course of the author’s travels: revelations about the lives and deaths of the murdered "lost," the lies he was told as a child, the nature of history, and the meaning of family. Gripping, vivid, deeply personal, and beautifully written, this is a literary tour de force that brilliantly illuminates all that is lost, and found, in the passage of time.

Daniel Mendelsohn is an award-winning author. He received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 1994, Mendelsohn began a career in journalism. In 2005 Mendelsohn was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for a translation of Cavafy's "Unfinished" poems, with commentary. His other honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing (2000) and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism (2002). Mendelsohn's academic speciality is Greek (especially Euripidean) tragedy.

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