by Ted Mieszczanski
January 2, 2019
This is about Let There be Light, a new multicultural novel by retired Bronx teacher Ted Mieszczanski.
A child is pulled from out of a pile of dead bodies as the Holocaust comes to its bitter end. Has he died and come back, or has the experience created something completely diabolical within him? What connection does this child have to a Native American tribe exterminated in the vicinity of the Black Hills of South Dakota a few years prior? What is the connection between these events and a teacher working in the tough south Bronx of the early sixties? And how is a Santeria priestess connected to all of this?
Let There Be Light is absolutely something different. On one hand it is a spiritual journey. But on the other, it is also a tale of cross-cultural murder and suspense. And oh yes, it asks some very serious questions about our core values that may surprise you. That is depending on the beliefs of the culture you’ve been brought up in. For example: Is murder, execution, revenge, etc. ever justified? Does evil even exist, or is it something terrible we have created by nursing our own hatreds? Does everyone across this vast world of ours ultimately see these things in the same way?
Here begins an entertaining/intriguing tale of mass murder and with it the need for spiritual redemption. That redemption, our central character, Adam, believes can only be carried through by bloody letting. The guilty must be killed in order to redeem the souls of the innocent. He also believes he has been given an extraordinary supernatural power to wreak the revenge he seeks and so redeem his people.
Adam believes he has been called upon to be his family’s “goel”. Be assured that a “goel” is not the proverbial soulless “golem” spoken of in the Bible. No, a “goel” is a different biblical concept completely. He is a redeemer, one who pays another’s debt so that the one who owes can be set free.
So then, prepare yourself for the pain (veytik) of the unredeemed soul.
It is early morning in the Ponary forest.
Let our journey begin….
Ted Mieszczanski is a retired NYC teacher and a lifelong resident from the Bronx. He tips his tamo’shanter in happy fellowship with all Bronx scribblers from the Bronx Council of the Arts, The Bronx UFT Writers and the NYPL Kingsbridge Writers’ Circle. He also invites all to sample his work on Amazon. His newest work “Let There Be Light,” a multi-cultural Bronx mystery will join, “37 Cents and a Song,” a NYC love story. , “Star Crossed,” and “Growing Up BX.” on Amazon. All four novels are available as paperbacks or inexpensive e-books.
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