Momik, the protagonist of See Under: LOVE, is the only child of survivors of the Holocaust. He grows up in the shadow of their history, determined to understand the nature of the Nazi "beast" he fleetingly hears about, and to prepare himself for the holocaust he knows is coming by shielding himself from all feeling and attachment. Yet something in Momik pushed him into strange, perilous confrontations with the world of pain and love he is determined to avoid. And through the stories that his great-uncle—famous as the children's writer Scheherazade—tells Momik about the "children of the heart" (as he told them to the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp during the war), Momik, too, becomes "infected with humanity," with the intense loving-kindness that exists alongside the horrors of our history.
"In a few nearly mythic books, such as Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Günter Grass's The Tin Drum, Gabriel García Máquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, large visions of history get hold in innovative ways. See Under: LOVE may be a worthy successor to this small but awesome canon."—Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review
"A world-class work of fiction, one of the most profound, compelling, and ingenious novels that I have read in years."—Tom LeClair, USA Today
"A dazzling work of imagination."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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See Under: Love
IT WAS LIKE THIS, a few months after Grandma Henny was buried in her grave, Momik got a new grandfather. This grandfather arrived in the Hebrew month of Shebat in the year 5317 of the Creation, which...