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PART I: CHILDHOOD

Chapter 1: The Village of Zastavia

Chapter 2: My Parents

Chapter 3: My Motherís Stories

Chapter 4: The Inheritance

Chapter 5: The Slavuta Talmud

Chapter 6: The Housewarming

Chapter 7: The Tax-Collector

Chapter 8: Master of Dreams

Chapter 9: I Become a Writer

Chapter 10: Troubles on Account of a Name

Chapter 11: On the Other Side of the Bridge

Chapter 12: Gaining and Losing a Friend

Chapter 13: Deciding my Future

PART II: ON THE ROAD OF GENERATIONS

Chapter 14: Alone in a Strange Place

Chapter 15: The Yeshiva in Brisk

Chapter 16: My Uncle the Author

Chapter 17: An Unexpected Guest

Chapter 18: The Preacher

Chapter 19: The Song of Generations

Chapter 20: The Joy of Learning

 

PART III: THE HAND OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT

Chapter 21: In Turmoil

Chapter 22: Giving In to Temptation

Chapter 23: Forbidden Water is Sweet

Chapter 24: A Ruined Passover

Chapter 25: My Mother Gets Her Way

Chapter 26: The Yeshiva in Slobodka

Chapter 27: Kovno Looms Over Slobodka

Chapter 28: The Song is Interrupted

 

Part IV: WAR

Chapter 29: The World in Flames

Chapter 30: The Cantorís Wife

Chapter 31: The Cantor: A Lost Talent

Chapter 32: I Become a Slaughterer (And Cut my Finger)

Chapter 33: The Exile of Kovno

Chapter 34: Under a False Name

Chapter 35: Brothers in Misery

Chapter 36: Days of Turmoil

Chapter 37: The Refugee Aid Committee

Chapter 38: Our Eternal Flame

Chapter 39: Days of Loneliness

Chapter 40: Between Dreams and Reality

Chapter 41: I Begin to Write

Chapter 42: I Become "Famous"

Chapter 43: A Pair of Wooden Crutches

PART V: BY THE BANKS OF THE VOLGA

Chapter 44: In the Factory

Chapter 45: Sabbath

Chapter 46: The Flea Market

Chapter 47: The Parchment Burns

Chapter 48: Among the Common People

Chapter 49: The New Neighbor

Chapter 50: A Face from Home

Chapter 51: By the Banks of the Volga

Chapter 52: The Illegal Night Courses

Chapter 53: The Three "Taytshes"

 

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