From the book jacket:
A million-dollar painting by Marc
Chagall is stolen from a museum. The
unlikely thief is Benjamin Ziskind, a
thirty-year-old quiz-show writer. As
Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade
the police, they find themselves recalling
their dead parents - the father who lost a
leg in Vietnam, the mother who created
children's books - and their stories about
trust, loss, and betrayal.
What is true, what is fake, what does it
mean? Eighty years before the theft, these
questions haunted Chagall and the enigmatic
Yiddish fabulist Der Nister ("The Hidden
One"), teachers at a school for Jewish
orphans. Both the painting and the questions
will travel through time to shape the...
Beyond the Book
Dara Horn was
inspired to write The World
following an actual
theft of a Marc Chagall painting
from a museum in New York that
took place during a singles'
More about this.
The painting that Benjamin
Ziskind steals from the museum,
Study for "Over Vitebsk",
is, I assume, fictitious.
exist, and can be seen in the
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in
New York. Vitebsk was the town
in which Chagall was born and