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My Name Is Asher Lev - by Chaim Potok (Paperback)

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Since its original publication in 1972, this stirring, luminous novel that lets readers into a little-known and less understood world has been recognized as a modern classic. In depicting Asher's struggle to reconcile two identities, Potok presents a heartbreaking and exultant vision of what it means to be an artist.



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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - In this modern classic from the National Book Award-nominated author of The Chosen, a young religious artist is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy.

"A novel of finely articulated tragic power .... Little short of a work of genius."--The New York Times Book Review

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. He grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. He is torn between two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other devoted only to art and his imagination, and in time, his artistic gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores.

As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous, visionary portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant.



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"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



About the Author



Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated from Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was ordained as a rabbi, and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Potok's first novel, The Chosen, published in 1967, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Memorial Book Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. He is author of eight novels, including In the Beginning and My Name is Asher Lev, and Wanderings, a history of the Jews. He died in 2002.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.0 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .7 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Anchor Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Chaim Potok
Language: English
Street Date: March 11, 2003
TCIN: 11339319
UPC: 9781400031047
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-7067
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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