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The Last Jew

Kaniuk, Yoram

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ISBN 10: 0802118119 / ISBN 13: 9780802118110
Published by Grove Press, 2006, 2006
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Title: The Last Jew

Publisher: Grove Press, 2006

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Innovative novelist Yoram Kaniuk takes us from the scorched earth of mid-century Europe, to the arid plains of the Holy Land, to the urban bustle of the American Diaspora, compressing the rise and fall of the Jews into the enigmatic character of one Ebenezer Schneerson. Following the ravages of World War II, Ebenezer finds that although he has no recollection of his family or childhood, he can, at will, recite Einstein’s theory of relativity, the entire canon of Yiddish poetry, and the genealogical histories of any number of extinguished shtetls; he has somehow become the final repository for all of Jewish culture. Samuel Lipker, a fellow survivor and crass opportunist, makes money off of Ebenezer’s macabre talents, trotting him around Europe to regale spooked cabaret audiences with his uncanny memory. Appearing in English for the first time, The Last Jew is an ingenious tapestry alive with narrative acrobatics and stylistic audacity. Alternately tragic, absurd, heartbreaking, and bitter not unlike the Bible itself it is a profound exploration of Jewish identity and the multitude of disparate, often contradictory shapes it has taken in the last century.

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Ne en 1930 a Tel-Aviv, Yoram Kaniuk est peintre, journaliste et ecrivain. Apres avoir participe a la guerre d Independance d Israel, en 1948, il est parti vivre a New York. De retour en Israel en 1962, il commence a publier romans et nouvelles. Traduites en quatorze langues, ses uvres ont ete couronnees de nombreux prix. En France, "Il commanda l Exodus" a recu le prix Mediterranee (2000) et "Le Dernier Juif" a ete recompense par le Prix litteraire de la Fondation France Israel (2010).(c) Photo: DR

Barbara Harshav has translated more than thirty books from German, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish, including After the Holocaust, Jewish Memories, A Surplus of Memory, and My Life as a Radical Jewish Woman. A historian by profession, she lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Noble is a psychiatrist and Emeritus Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychology in England. He is an avid sailor with 30 years of experience, including multiple Atlantic crossings in his 34-foot sloop.

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