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The Gates of November

Authors: Potok, Chaim
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS032000, POL035010, BIO006000
ISBN: 9780307575517, Related ISBNs: 0307575519, 0394588673, 044991240X, 0517304783, 9780307575517
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: "REMARKABLE . . . A WONDERFUL STORY."
--The Boston Globe

The father is a high-ranking Communist officer, a Jew who survived Stalin's purges. The son is a "refusenik," who risked his life and happiness to protest everything his father held dear. Now, Chaim Potok, beloved author of the award-winning novels The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev, unfolds the gripping true story of a father, a son, and a conflict that spans Soviet history. Drawing on taped interviews and his harrowing visits to Russia, Potok traces the public and privates lives of the Slepak family: Their passions and ideologies, their struggles to reconcile their identities as Russians and as Jews, their willingness to fight--and die--for diametrically opposed political beliefs.

"[A] vivid account . . . [Potok] brings a novelist's passion and eye for detail to a gripping story that possesses many of the elements of fiction--except that it's all too true."
--San Francisco Chronicle

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