By Robert A. Rosenstone
The tale starts off with a grandfather who heroically escaped from Russia by way of swimming the Pruth River to Romania—or did he? Then there are tales of one other grandfather who stored a lifelong mistress; grandmothers who have been overlooked other than within the kitchen; migrations criminal and unlawful from jap Europe to Canada to California; racketeers on one part of the relations and Communists at the different; and a West Coast early life within the McCarthy years. All of those (mostly real) tales shape a Jewish family's background, a story of dislocation and assimilation. yet within the fingers of award-winning historian Robert Rosenstone, they turn into even more. The fragments of reminiscence so fantastically preserved in The guy Who Swam into History upload unforgettable, human characters to the now time-honored tale of the Jewish diaspora within the 20th century.
This mix memoir/short tale assortment recounts the Rosenstone family's passage from Romania to the US. Robert Rosenstone tells the tale no longer as a unmarried, linear narrative, yet via "tales, sequences, home windows, moments, and fragments resurrected from the lives of 3 generations in my parental households, set in 5 international locations on continents over the interval of just about a century." This extra literary and private strategy permits Rosenstone's kinfolk to come to be exact personalities, voices who quarrel and gossip, percentage their desires and fears, and preserve the binds of a loving, if eccentric, kin. one of the style of "coming to the USA" stories, The guy Who Swam into History is a piece of specific imaginative and prescient, one who either documents and reconstructs the earlier at the same time it continuously—and humorously—questions the reality of its personal assertions.