A fine book by a very interesting man
The book is a compilation of 5 thinly-masked autobiographical remembrances, focusing in the main on his youth and late adolescence in the eastern reaches of the Austro-Hungarian Empire around the Bukovina, Moldava, and Bucharest. He views the Jews of this area (e.g., Kishinev) as an outsider; but, despite the title, that is only one thread of the author's concern. He presents a vivid picture, in fact, of the Bucharest of Emil Cioran's youth.
The book is narred somewhat by the felt presence of translationese (though one of the stories was actually first published in English), and by the fact that reality shows through the rather thin tissue of the fiction somewhat too easily. But these flaws are relatively minor and should not dissuade the interested reader.