King of the Jews: A Novel

By Leslie Epstein
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10.48 Hours 08/01/1997 unabridged
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This masterpiece of black humor has taken its place among the great classics of Holocaust literature. Set in Poland, it is the story of I.C. Trumpleman, the indiscreet director of an orphanage. When the Germans invade and the Jewish community is forced into a ghetto, Trumpleman is chosen as the head of a Judenrat, granted the power to decide who will live and who will starve. By turns a con man, charismatic leader, and merciless dictator, Trumpelman reveals himself as an extraordinarily complex protagonist. King of the Jews continues to be an extraordinary vision of occupied Poland, and offers stunning insight through the trappings of history to questions of equal moral complexity today.

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Summary

Summary

This masterpiece of black humor has taken its place among the great classics of Holocaust literature. Set in Poland, it is the story of I.C. Trumpleman, the indiscreet director of an orphanage. When the Germans invade and the Jewish community is forced into a ghetto, Trumpleman is chosen as the head of a Judenrat, granted the power to decide who will live and who will starve. By turns a con man, charismatic leader, and merciless dictator, Trumpelman reveals himself as an extraordinarily complex protagonist.

King of the Jews continues to be an extraordinary vision of occupied Poland, and offers stunning insight through the trappings of history to questions of equal moral complexity today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable. A lesson in what artistic restraint can do to help us imagine the dark places in our history.” New York Times Book Review
“The first novel about the Holocaust that manages to be adequate to its own ambition.” New York Magazine
“The best book yet to be written on the Holocaust. A superb novel.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Profoundly daring…Epstein can summon up life from the bottom of despair.” Boston Globe
“Epstein has done the impossible…He has shown what the power of art—of his art—can reveal of the depths of the unspeakable.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Mature, brilliantly sustained, thoroughly engrossing.” Newsweek

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Author

Author Bio: Leslie Epstein

Leslie Epstein, whose father and uncle, Philip G. and Julius J. Epstein, wrote Arsenic and Old Lace, Casablanca, and many other classics of the golden era of films, is the author of eight works of fiction, including Pandaemonium and Pinto and Sons. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, and has for many years directed the Creative Writing Program at Boston University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English