The third chapter, unlike the first two, is in third-person narration. It tells us about Zvi Litvinoff, the author of The History of Love.
Most information about Zvi comes from the introduction to his book, which was written by his wife, Rosa.
The lovebirds met outside a café in 1951. Litvinoff was much older than her.
They began dating. Only after they became serious did Litvinoff begin reading her passages from the book he was writing, which would become The History of Love.
It was originally written in Yiddish. Rosa, devoted lady she was, helped translate it into Spanish.
The original Yiddish manuscript was destroyed when their house flooded.
Zvi Litvinoff died in 1978.
The History of Love was originally published in a small printing of only two thousand copies. One of these copies ended up in a bookstore in Chile.
One day, the bookstore owner picked it up and read a chapter called "The Age of Silence" about the time before language existed, when people just communicated through gestures. This allowed them to express themselves more freely, but there were a bunch of misunderstandings too.
This is why we still gesture when we speak today (so now you know).
The bookstore owner placed the book in the window, where it was eventually purchased by one David Singer—Alma's father.