The End of the Jews

The End of the Jews

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By (author) Adam Mansbach

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385520425
  • ISBN 13: 9780385520423
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 424,562

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The ruthlessly engrossing and beautifully rendered story of the Brodskys, a family of artists who realize, too late, one elemental truth: Creation's necessary consequence is destruction. Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach's bold new novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture while slowly suffocating his poet wife, who harbors secrets of her own. Nina Hricek, a driven young Czech photographer escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with a group of black musicians only to find herself trapped yet again, this time in a doomed love affair. And finally, Tris Freedman, grandson of Tristan and lover of Nina, a graffiti artist and unanchored revolutionary, cannibalizes his family history to feed his muse. In the end, their stories converge and the survival of each requires the sacrifice of another. The End of the Jews offers all the rewards of the traditional family epic, but Mansbach's irreverent wit and rich, kinetic prose shed new light on the genre. It runs on its own chronometer, somersaulting gracefully through time and space, interweaving the tales of these three protagonists who, separated by generation and geography, are leading parallel lives.

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Adam Mansbach is the author of "Angry Black White Boy" and "Shackling Water."

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Praise for "The End of the Jews ""Painfully honest, compassionately cognizant of human frailty and complexity, alive to the magic of creativity yet aware of its consequences--very exciting fiction indeed." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "A delight." --"Publishers Weekly" "Adam Mansbach is a true talent and his new book is a masterwork of the Jewish arts of humor and sadness." --Darin Strauss, author of "Chang and Eng" "Lyrical, brave, and moving . . . further proof of Adam Mansbach's formidable talent. At every turn, "The End of the Jews" is startling in its honesty. This novel is not to be missed." --Daniel Alarcon, author of "Lost City Radio " "As Czeslaw Milosz famously said, 'When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished, ' but Adam Mansbach takes this notion to new extremes in this smart, moving novel. This is fascinating, scorching drama." --Sam Lipsyte, author of "Home Land" "Mansbach has made something new of the multigenerational Jewish epic; this is far more tough-minded reading than we are used to on the subject. I don't love Jews any less for it, and neither does Mansbach, but I do know us better for what we are. This is a heartfelt, truthful book." --Keith Gessen, author of "All the Sad Young Literary Men ""Few writers tackle a story with as much sheer vigor as Adam Mansbach. Replete with sorrow, humor, and furious energy, "The End of the Jews "is an unflinching novel of hard truth." --Peter Orner, author of "Esther Stories"