A Blessing on the Moon

By Joseph Skibell

Published by Algonquin Books

Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust—a fable inspired by fact—received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997.

At the center of A Blessing on the Moon is Chaim Skibelski. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim’s troubles. In the opening pages, he is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim’s afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes.

Not since art Spiegelman’s Maus has a work so powerfully evoked one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century with such daring originality.

$13.95 (US)

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Number of pages
272
Publication date
September 07, 2010
ISBN
9781616200183
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“A compelling tour de force, a surreal but thoroughly accessible
page-turner.”
“A compelling tour de force, a surreal but thoroughly accessible page-turner.” --Houston Chronicle
“Brilliant . . . Astonishing.”
“Brilliant . . . Astonishing.” --The Boston Globe
“As mesmerizing as a folk tale, as rich as gold itself.” --The Denver Post
“As mesmerizing as a folk tale, as rich as gold itself.” 
“As magical as it is macabre.”
“As magical as it is macabre.” --The New Yorker
“Startlingly original . . . Recalls the dark, hallucinatory world of Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird while at the same time surpassing it.” --The Washington Post