Gates of November

Potok, Chaim

Published by Knopf, 1996
ISBN 10: 0394588673 / ISBN 13: 9780394588674
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First edition, first printing. Orange boards, black quarter cloth binding, gilt titles on spine, blindstamping to front board. Signed on title page. Stated first edition. Some rubbing to DJ else near fine. 249 pp,. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: From the author of The Chosen comes a work of nonfiction that chronicles the stormy lives of a Jewish father, Solomon Slepak, an infelxible old-guard Bolshevik, and his son, Volodya, who became an internationally renowned "refusenik" hero during the 18 years of his persecution for attempting to leave the Sovviet Union. Potok tells their story with deep understanding and empathy. 13 photos.

Review: Potok, well known for his novels of Jewish family life such as The Chosen, turns to nonfiction in The Gates of November, a wrenching family chronicle with a riveting historical undercurrent. The story of the family patriarch, Solomon Slepak, spans most of the book: ignoring his mother's wish that he become a rabbi, Slepak emigrated at 13 to America, became a Marxist in New York, returned to fight in the Russian Revolution, and rose to prominence within the Communist Party. But while Solomon remained a convinced Bolshevik, his son Volodya rejected socialism when anti-Semitism emerged during Stalin's era. Disowned by his father, Volodya was later exiled to Siberia as a dissident. The story of the Slepaks is simultaneously the story of Soviet Jewry and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.

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Title: Gates of November
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.

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