When Lara Vapnyar was growing up in the Soviet Union, she dreamed of traveling into a great Russian novel and getting to know the characters. “Ideally,” she said, “I would have an affair.” Her top contender: Andrei Bolkonsky from War and Peace—”Who wouldn’t want to have an affair with him?” Nextbook asked a dozen contributors to imagine similar encounters: choose a character from the world of Jewish literature they’d like to meet. Here’s the first installment, with six more to come next month.
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Tell us below about a character you’d want to hang out with.
Stephen Vider last wrote about Down in the Valley.