'To read this wonderful book with its prayer-like rhythms, with it's beautiful pacing of a familiar tale, holds a reward for the reader: we have just met a great writer? -- Jamaica KincaidOne of the most haunting and original novels to emerge in recent years, in only 224 pages The Far Euphrates raises the central questions of Western Culture: how we can find meaning in a post-Holocaust world; how we define the notion of ?home? in our modern time; where the boundaries lie between sanity, madness, and transcendence; and what our responsibilities are to ourselves and to each other.The Far Euphrates is the story of a lonely boy, the son of a rabbi, whose small world is touched by an unlikely range of people: a dying wealthy girl, a Gypsy prophetess, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford II, and the cantor and his twin sister'both victims of Aushwitz's Dr. Mengele. The recipient of secrets he can't bear to know, Alexander engages himself in the accumulation of knowledge, in an attempt to unlock the mysteries of the universe.Infused with rich mystical and scientific understanding The Far Euphrates poignantly addresses the human longing to know and reclaim our origins, the mythic Far Euphrates to which we can never return. In publishing it, Riverhead books is proud to introduce a dazzling and important literary debut, a bold and memorable contribution to American letters.