16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #8: Hanukkah

The Leviathan - Joseph Roth, Michael Hofmann

Book themes for Hanukkah: Any book whose main character is Jewish, any story about the Jewish people –OR– where the miracle of light plays a significant part in the stories plot.  

 

Joseph Roth's novella about Nissen Piczenik, a coral merchant in the small town of Progrody. Nissen has never been outside of his town, deep in the Russian interior, and fantasizes that a Leviathan watches over the coral reefs.