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The children of Abraham

Author: Marek Halter
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st English-language edView all editions and formats
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When Marek Halter's award-winning international bestseller The Book of Abraham was published here in 1986, it was greeted with unanimous praise and compared with Roots, War and Peace, and the works of James Michener. That epic portrayal of a Jewish family through history -- based in large part on the records of the Halters themselves -- ended in the midst of World War II, with the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto.
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marek Halter
ISBN: 1559700769 9781559700764
OCLC Number: 21522322
Notes: Translation of: Les fils d'Abraham.
Description: ix, 377 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: ISRAEL. Rendezvous in Jerusalem --
PARIS, MARCH 1961 --
NEW YORK - TEL AVIV. Sidney and Mordecai --
MOSCOW. The Soviet cousins --
BUENOS AIRES. Doña Regina --
PARIS, JANUARY 1967 --
BEIRUT. Hidar Assadi --
ISRAEL. War --
MOSCOW. War in the family --
MOSCOW. Rachel Lerner's letter --
BUENOS AIRES. An aborted visit --
PARIS, JUNE 1967 --
LEBANON. The Shuf Mountains --
PARIS, JULY 1967 --
NEW YORK. Sidney's adventure --
SDE BOKER, AUGUST 1969 --
BUENOS AIRES. A precocious love --
PARIS, SEPTEMBER 1969 --
MOSCOW. Hidar and Olga --
NEW YORK. Sidney : a providential encounter --
MOSCOW. Olga in Beirut --
BEIRUT. A game of chance --
BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 1969 --
BUENOS AIRES. A precocious love (continued) --
BEIRUT. In search of the past --
BEIRUT, OCTOBER 1969 --
NEW YORK. God willing --
BEIRUT - NEW YORK. Return to New York --
BUENOS AIRES. A precocious love (conclusion) --
TEL AVIV, JUNE 1970 --
FRANKFURT. On Hugo's trail --
NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 1970 --
ISRAEL. Arieh --
BEIRUT. Black September --
JORDAN. In the Zarqa Desert --
BEIRUT. Sidney's disappearance --
TEL AVIV. Arieh in the upheaval --
BUENOS AIRES. A terrorist's misgivings --
PARIS, SEPTMEBER 1970 --
JORDAN. Like a dog --
BEIRUT. The turnabout --
PARIS, OCTOBER 1970 --
ISRAEL. Arieh's investigation --
MOSCOW. The taking of the Kremlin --
MOSCOW. The great return --
BUENOS AIRES. Argentina, Argentina --
NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 1971 --
ISRAEL. Yom Kippur 1973 --
ISRAEL. Yom Kippur 1973 (conclusion) --
BUENOS AIRES. Anna Maria : back underground --
TEL AVIV. Arieh's investigation (conclusion) --
ROME, AUGUST 1974 --
MOSCOW - BEIRUT. Anxieties of the third kind --
PARIS, MAY 1977 --
BUENOS AIRES. Anna Maria : back to basics --
BUENOS AIRES. Anna Maria : back to basics (conclusion) --
ISRAEL. A wedding on the kibbutz --
PARIS, JULY 1979 --
BEIRUT. Before the siege --
PARIS, DECEMBER 1981 --
BEIRUT. Before the siege (conclusion) --
PARIS, MAY 1984 --
NEW YORK - MOSCOW - TEL AVIV. The Achille Lauro --
ACHILLE LAURO. The cruise --
ACHILLE LAURO. The cruise (conclusion) --
PARIS, OCTOBER 1987 --
TEL AVIV. Hugo : Arieh's Report --
TEL AVIV. Hugo : Arieh's report (conclusion) --
PARIS, SEPTEMBER 1988.
Other Titles: Fils d'Abraham.
Responsibility: Marek Halter ; translated from the French by Lowell Bair.

Abstract:

When Marek Halter's award-winning international bestseller The Book of Abraham was published here in 1986, it was greeted with unanimous praise and compared with Roots, War and Peace, and the works of James Michener. That epic portrayal of a Jewish family through history -- based in large part on the records of the Halters themselves -- ended in the midst of World War II, with the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. Here the author picks up the thread of the family saga in the postwar period. Like most of European Jewry, the Halter family is decimated and dispersed: Sidney and his family in New York; the Lerners in Moscow; Don Israel and Dona Regina in Buenos Aires; Mordecai and his family in Israel. At the heart of the new epic is Hugo Halter, an elusive and haunting figure who, as a young man in the late 1930s, had warned of the coming Holocaust. Most had not listened and perished in the conflagration. As this book opens, Hugo and his German wife, Sigrid, are driving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in March 1961. Hugo parks to gaze in wonder at the magic city spread before him. Suddenly a military truck approaches, and as it passes submachine-gun fire erupts from it, killing both Hugo and Sigrid. Why were they assassinated in cold blood, presumably by Arab terrorists? Who exactly was Hugo: an agent? A double agent? Working for whom and to what ends? In Paris, Marek Halter, the self-appointed family scribe, sets out to find the answer. At the same time, another cousin, an officer in the Israeli secret service, begins his own official investigation. Their paths, and lines of inquiry, sometimes cross, often diverge, as different versions of the same episode appear in oddly varying lights. The result is a suspense novel of high intrigue, but also a panorama of contemporary Judaism, with its conflicts and contradictions, its struggles and achievements, its heady victories and discouraging defeats. - Jacket flap.

The narrator sets out to discover why his cousin Hugo and Hugo's wife Sigrid were gunned down in cold blood in March of 1961.

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