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    DescriptionA" New York Times" Notable Book 2012 The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: no one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way for Kugel... 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 Kugel bought, and when, one night, he discovers history--a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history--hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse."Hope: A Tragedy" is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.


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    Title
    Hope: A Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Shalom Auslander
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594488382
    ISBN 10: 159448838X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Approval Code: P26900000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC016000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A26845000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC046000, FIC052000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3601.U85 H67 2012
    Thema V1.0: FUP
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    12 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    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, The New Yorker," and has had stories aired on NPR's "This American Life." Auslander is the author of the short story collection "Beware of God" and the memoir "Foreskin's Lament." He lives in New York City. To learn more about Shalom Auslander, please visit www.shalomauslander.com.
    Review quote
    "A virtuoso humorist, and a brave one: beware Shalom Auslander; he will make you laugh until your heart breaks." - "New York Times Book Review" "A caustic comic tour de force." - "NPR" "Poisonously funny.... Like an unintentional bark of laughter at a funeral." - "Entertainment Weekly" "Staggeringly nervy... Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don't get much funnier... [Auslander] is an absurdist with a deep sense of gravitas... It's a tall order for Mr. Auslander to raise an essentially comic novel to this level of moral contemplation. Yet "Hope: A Tragedy" succeeds shockingly well." - "New York Times" "Shalom 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 "and winner of the Man Booker Prize "A wonderful, twisted, transgressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book. It will make very many people very angry. It will also make very many people very happy." -- A. L. Kennedy, author of "Day" "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" " "