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Jacob the liar : a novel

Author: Jurek Becker; Leila Vennewitz; Louis Begley
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2021] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 50th anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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In the ghetto, possession of a radio is punishable by death. Like thousands of his fellow prisoners, Jacob Heym is cut off from all news of the war--until he is arrested one evening and brought to the German military office, where he overhears a report of the Red Army's advance to a city some 300 miles away. Miraculously, he is allowed to return to his quarters, but when he tries to spread the good news, the only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jurek Becker; Leila Vennewitz; Louis Begley
ISBN: 9781951627041 1951627040
OCLC Number: 1139766687
Language Note: In English, translated from the German.
Notes: Date of publication taken from publisher's website.
"This book is a revised edition of the book previously published in the United Kingdom by Pan Books Ltd. as Jakob the liar"--Title page verso.
Description: 248 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Jakob der Lügner.
Responsibility: Jurek Becker ; translated by Leila Vennewitz ; afterword by Louis Begley.

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In the ghetto, possession of a radio is punishable by death. Like thousands of his fellow prisoners, Jacob Heym is cut off from all news of the war--until he is arrested one evening and brought to the German military office, where he overhears a report of the Red Army's advance to a city some 300 miles away. Miraculously, he is allowed to return to his quarters, but when he tries to spread the good news, the only way to make people believe him is to tell a lie: “How do I know? I have a radio.” One lie leads to another, and before long Jacob finds himself feeding the entire ghetto fabricated news reports of the Russians’ advance--reports that save lives by giving people renewed hope. So Jacob is a hero and a liar. But how much longer can his web of lies hold? Told with suspense and humor, here is a masterful tale of hope, desire, and the life-giving force of fiction. Awarded Germany's prestigious Heinrich Mann Prize for fiction and in a new translation by Leila Vennewitz, Jacob the Liar is a masterpiece of Kafkaesque comedy which unfolds with the impact of a timeless folk legend. This edition includes a new afterword by Louis Begley.

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