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Sepharad by Antonio Munoz Molina
In Sepharad, famed Spanish novelist Antonio Munoz Molina tells 17 different stories about the Sephardic diaspora, the Holocaust, and Stalin's purges. With a mix of both fictional and historical figures, each of their stories concern a life that can be undone by a decree by the state or religion. With connections and allusions that wrap back and forth between each story, Molina explores the concept of identity and how it can be created or erased by history, the persecution due to religion or ethnicity, the arrest without charges, families torn asunder by war and evil, and the lives shattered on a moment's notice. Sepharad is a powerful and cautionary novel that has received strong reviews, from "a rich and complex story" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) to "this tender and terrible book" (San Francisco Chronicle).