Before the Mirror

I wonder why is that - most of the writers who`s books I happen to read have Jewish origin? Still this novel hasn`t got much to do with Jews - "Before the mirror" is mostly an epistolary novel in the form of letters that Liza, a student at first and an aspiring painter later is sending to the love of her life - Konstantin, a man who wants to be a very important mathematician one day. At first the book is quite similar to Abbot`s "Daddy Long Legs", later on it covers mostly the subjects of emigration from Soviet Russia and of the hard life of an artist abroad. Sometimes it gets a bit preachy but at least it`s mostly free of patriotic gibberish (although Liza always has the urge to come home, she never does).
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