Praise for Hope: A Tragedy
"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. He brings to mind Woody Allen, Joseph Heller and - oxymoron here - a libido-free version of Philip Roth... 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 is my kind of Jew -- an unapologetically paranoid, guilt-ridden, self-loathing Diaspora kvetch, enraged by a God he can't live with or without. While others of his generation may mine the tradition for a fond retrieval of forgotten lore, Auslander throws stones at the fiddler on the roof. He's a black comic who's alloyed the manic existential shtick of Lenny Bruce with the gallows humor that's been a staple of the repertoire since the Babylonian Exile.... He is patently not good for the Jews.... A virtuoso humorist, and a brave one: beware Shalom Auslander; he will make you laugh until your heart breaks." - "New York Times Book Review"
"Absurdist, hilarious ... Part Sholom Aleichem, part Woody Allen, part homage to Philip Roth's "The Ghost Writer," it is a story of neurotic Jews, the problem of memory and the solace of suffering. "It's funny," begins the novel, and it is.... To hope, we must misremember. So we build structures of misremembering: We build fictions. Auslander's first novel, "Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel "is a beautiful one." -- "Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"An irreverent (and how!), dark (to say the least), hilarious novel about a man who finds a beloved historical figure hiding in his attic." -- "O, the Oprah Magazine"
"A caustic comic tour de force." -- "NPR"
"There is an admirable fearlessness to Shalom Auslander's writing . . . [His] ruminations and his clever inversions of conventional wisdom can challenge rshow more