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The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart
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Jul 28, 12

One of my favorite pieces of realistic fiction, Schwarz-Bart's book is nothing less than a masterpiece. The book examines antisemitism throughout historic Europe up to WW2. The story goes through several pogroms throughout Europe's history and ends with the worst act of evil to ever befall the Jewish people of Europe, the Holocaust.

The story is heavily based on the Tzadikim Nistarim, a notion prevalent within mystical Hasidim. Having some background knowledge about Europe's history after establishment of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as a bit of background knowledge about Judaism may help establish a better contextual footing for somebody reading this book for the first time.

I highly recommend reading this book several times throughout your life. The text seems to get richer and richer after each reading, which is indicative of a true work of literary genius.
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