Hope: A Tragedy

Hope: A Tragedy

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By (author) Shalom Auslander

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 26mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1447207661
  • ISBN 13: 9781447207665
  • Sales rank: 42,064

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'The humour, at times can leave you gasping ...comic brilliance' Sunday Times Solomon Kugel has had enough of the past and its burdens. So, in the hope of starting afresh, he moved his family to a small rural town where nothing of import has ever happened. Sadly, Kugel's life isn't that simple. His family soon find themselves threatened by a local arsonist and his ailing mother won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she didn't actually suffer through. And when, one night, Kugel discovers a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse. 'Singularly inventive and superbly shocking ...nothing short of genius' Scotland on Sunday 'He will make you laugh until your heart breaks' New York Times Book Review

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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