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Hope : A Tragedy : A Novel

Author: Shalom Auslander; 3M Company.
Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The bestselling debut novel from Shalom Auslander, the darkly comic author of Foreskin's Lament and Beware of God. 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. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Domestic fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Auslander, Shalom
Hope
New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
(DLC) 2011046843
(OCoLC)741538496
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shalom Auslander; 3M Company.
ISBN: 9781101561287 1101561289
OCLC Number: 856983294
Notes: Electronic book.
Description: 1 online resource 1 online resource (368 p.)
Responsibility: Shalom Auslander.
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The bestselling debut novel from Shalom Auslander, the darkly comic author of Foreskin's Lament and Beware of God. 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. 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.

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