List of Characters
Leopold Gursky—one of the main narrators and the author of The History of Love.
Bruno—a friend of Leo's who lives upstairs or possibly a figment of Leo's imagination.
Alma Mereminski Moritz—the woman Leo has loved all his life.
Mordecai Moritz—the man Alma married when she was pregnant with Isaac.
Isaac Moritz—Leo's and Alma's son.
Bernard Moritz—Alma's and Mordecai's son.
Charlotte Singer—Alma Singer's mother, a translator of books.
David Singer—Alma Singer's father.
Alma Singer—the other main narrator.
Emanuel Chaim "Bird" Singer—Alma Singer's younger brother.
Uncle Julian—Charlotte Singer's brother who lives in Israel.
Aunt Frances—Julian's wife.
Misha Shklovsky—Alma Singer's Russian pen pal and boyfriend.
Zvi Litvinoff—Leo's friend who translates The History of Love into Spanish.
Miriam—Litvinoff's sister, killed by Nazis.
Jacob Marcus—Isaac Moritz's pen name when he writes to Charlotte and asks her to translate The History of Love.