The Counterlife Setting & Symbolism

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Newark, New Jersey

This is where the Nathan and Henry are from, and it is the setting of some of the character Nathan's novels.

Shiska

This is a Yiddish term for a non-Jewish woman.

Diaspora

This is a term for the scattering of a people away from their traditional homeland. It is often used to describe the scattering of the Jews over thousands of years.

Judea

This is a portion of the country of Israel. Other names for this region include the West Bank.

Goyim

This is a Yiddish term meaning non-Jew. In modern usage it can sometimes have negative connotations.

The Wailing Wall

This is an important Jewish religious structure in Jerusalem. Here Nathan first meets Jimmy Ben-Joseph.

Carnovsky

This is the title of Nathan's well-known novel based on his own family. This novel caused Henry to stop speaking to Nathan for many years.

Chiswick

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