Hope: a Tragedy by Shalom Auslander audiobook

Hope: a Tragedy: A Novel

By Shalom Auslander
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7.38 Hours Unabridged
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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. 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 he bought. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse. The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting 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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Summary

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One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year

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. 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 he bought. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.

The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Staggeringly nervy…Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don’t get much funnier…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
“A caustic comic tour de force.” NPR
“Grimly comic…relentlessly entertaining.” Boston Globe
“Blends tragedy, comedy, and satire in the mold of Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka.” Wall Street Journal
“Very funny; there is something very Wile E. Coyote about the ridiculous oppression that pursues Kugel…Vivid and very hard to stop thinking about.” Forward

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Author Bio: Shalom Auslander

Author Bio: Shalom Auslander

Shalom Auslander was raised in Monsey, New York. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in Esquire, New York Times Magazine, Tablet, and the New Yorker and has had stories aired on NPR’s This American Life. He is the author of the short-story collection Beware of God and the memoir Foreskin’s Lament. He lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English