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    DescriptionSolomon Kugel wishes for nothing more than to be nowhere, to be in a place with no past, no history, no wars, no genocides. The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any import has ever happened there, which is exactly why Kugel decided to move his family there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought, and he fears his is next. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history -- a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history -- hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse. Like nothing you've read before, the critically acclaimed Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. 'Scabrous and determinedly iconoclastic ...one of the funniest and most thought-provoking novels you'll read all year' Sunday Times 'A wonderful, twisted, trangressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book. It will make very many people angry. It will also make very many people very happy.' A. L. Kennedy, author of Day 'Auslander writes like some contemporary comedic Jeremiah, thundering warnings of disaster and retribution. What makes him so terrifyingly funny is that he isn't joking.' Howard Jacobson, author of The Finkler Question, winner of the Man Booker Prize 'Can the darkest events of the twentieth century and of all human history be used to show the folly of hope? And can the result be so funny that you burst out laughing again and again? If you doubt this is possible, read Hope: A Tragedy. You won't regret it.' John Gray, author of Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals


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    Title
    Hope: A Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Shalom Auslander
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 427 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781447207658
    ISBN 10: 1447207653
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    Libri: AMER3710, JUDE2070
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 813.6
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    16 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Shalom Auslander was raised in Monsey, New York. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Tablet, and the New Yorker, and has had stories aired on NPR's This American Life. He is the author of the short-story collection Beware of God and the memoir Foreskin's Lament. He lives in New York.
    Review quote
    'I think it's a brilliant book, I think it's as good as Portnoy's Complaint' David Baddiel, Open Book, BBC Radio 4 'One of the best books I read last year. It's hilarious ... I think we should all read it.' Naomi Alderman, Open Book, BBC Radio 4