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ISAAC: Inspired by A True Story


December 1, 2017

Book Details

On the night of November 6th, 1941, the life of Isaac Gochman, a 16-year-old Polish Jew, changes tragically and profoundly. Over 20,000 Jews from Rovno, Poland, are marched into the Sosenki Forest by the Nazis, stripped and shot to death, then buried in an endless, unmarked ravine. All of Isaac's family and friends die in the massacre. But Isaac miraculously survives the slaughter, and so begins his incredible and harrowing journey through the Polish forest, facing unimaginable hardships and the constant threat of death from the Nazis and their sympathizers.To save himself, he adopts a new identity, Sergei, a Russian Christian, and joins the Russian Partisan Brigade, to become a demolition "miracle man." As a Partisan, he falls passionately in love for the first time in his young life with Ducia, a Russian nurse.Near the end of the war, he turns his back on his homeland, heroically saves the lives of American soldiers, and finds a new home in America.Isaac is a true coming-of-age story of miraculous survival, courage, and love.

Author Description

Robert Karmon is an award-winning playwright, published poet, short story writer, and published screenwriter, who has worked on screenplays for Columbia Pictures, CBS, and Eddie Murphy Productions. He was a member of Playwrights Horizon and Edward Albee's Playwrights Unit. His plays have been staged at Brown University and New York's Playwrights Horizons, where his plays, "Demons" and "The Conditioning of Charlie One," were performed. His play, "The Waiting Room . . ." about the tragic life of 20th-Century physicist, Paul Ehrenfest, was chosen by Urban Stages Theatre for their "New Works for a New Season" and was later staged at The Workshop Theatre Company as part of their "Plays in Progress" program. His play "Caliban and Miranda" won Atlanta's Clayton State Theatre International Playwriting Award. He has seen his plays staged at La Mama's Extension Theatre and Long Island's Arena Players, and in many regional theatres around the country. As a Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, he has taught at Temple University, Queens College, and Hunter College, and is currently Professor Emeritus of Literature and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College in Garden City, Long Island. He is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.

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