A massive, thrilling novel that follows the Jews of the city of Berditshev from the 19th century to the eve of the Russian Revolution, The Family Mashber should erase all nostalgia for the Eastern European Jewish world. Written under Soviet censorship, the author nonetheless captures how anti-Semitism and zealotry (whether religious or, in veiled terms, Communist) deformed Jewish life from within, through a single family’s financial and emotional destruction. A masterpiece.