From the celebrated author of The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev, a trilogy of related novellas about a woman whose life touches three very different menâ€”stories that encompass some of the profoundest themes of the twentieth century.Ilana Davita Dinn is the listener to whom three men relate their lives. As a young girl, she offers English lessons to a teenage survivor of the camps. In â€śThe Ark Builder,â€ť he shares with her the story of his friendship with a proud old builder of synagogue arks, and what happened when the German army invaded their Polish town. As a graduate student, she finds herself escorting a guest lecturer from the Soviet Union, and in â€śThe War Doctor,â€ť her sympathy moves him to put his painful past to paper recounting his experiences as a Soviet NKVD agent who was saved by an idealistic doctor during the Russian civil war, only to encounter him again during the terrifying period of the Kremlin doctorsâ€™ plot. And, finally, we meet her in â€śThe Trope Teacher,â€ť in which a distinguished professor of military history, trying to write his memoirs, is distracted by his wifeâ€™s illness and by the arrival next door of a new neighbor, the famous writer I. D. (Ilana Davita) Chandal.Poignant and profound, Chaim Potokâ€™s newest fiction is a major addition to his remarkableâ€”and remarkably lovedâ€”body of work.From the Hardcover edition.