By Robert A. Rosenstone
The tale starts 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 saved a lifelong mistress; grandmothers who have been overlooked other than within the kitchen; migrations felony and unlawful from japanese Europe to Canada to California; racketeers on one facet of the kin 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 arms 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 regularly occurring tale of the Jewish diaspora within the 20th century.
This mixture memoir/short tale assortment recounts the Rosenstone family's passage from Romania to the US. Robert Rosenstone tells the tale now not 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 technique permits Rosenstone's family to end up distinctive personalities, voices who quarrel and gossip, proportion their goals and fears, and preserve the binds of a loving, if eccentric, relatives. one of the style of "coming to the USA" stories, The guy Who Swam into History is a piece of specified imaginative and prescient, one who either files and reconstructs the previous while it continuously—and humorously—questions the reality of its personal assertions.