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Shalom Auslander (born 1970) is an American author and essayist.

Shalom Auslander (born 1970) is an American author and essayist. He grew up in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Monsey, New York where he describes himself as having been "raised like a veal", a reference to his strict religious upbringing. His writing style is notable for its Jewish perspective, existentialist themes and black humor. His non-fiction often draws comparisons to David Sedaris, while his fiction has drawn comparisons to Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Groucho Marx.

Shalom Auslander’s Hope: A Tragedy, a comic novel about an older Anne Frank, questions the role of optimism in. .Throughout the book, Kugel tests this philosophy and takes it to heart.

Shalom Auslander’s Hope: A Tragedy, a comic novel about an older Anne Frank, questions the role of optimism in Jewish history and tradition. An image to which Mr. Auslander often returns is that of the Bergen-Belsen photograph in which most of the male prisoners are confined to bunks, while one naked, emaciated man stands half-smiling on the right side of the frame. Yet Hope: A Tragedy succeeds shockingly well.

Shalom Auslander is the author of Foreskin’s Lament and the novel Hope: A Tragedy. So, why can’t I stop thinking of the good he did? By Shalom Auslander · January 15, 2013. Home for the Holiday. He is also a frequent contributor to This American Life. Thanksgiving means family reunions-for some people. For others, it offers an opportunity to stay home and be grateful for having cut those ties. By Shalom Auslander · November 16, 2011. Sorry God. It’s the time of year for apologies, but not everyone has forgiveness on their mind. An argument for not saying sorry until God does. By Shalom Auslander · October 6, 2011.

ALSO BY SHALOM AUSLANDER Foreskin’s Lament Beware of God: Stories HOPE: A TRAGEDY A NOVEL Shalom . a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. New York.

ALSO BY SHALOM AUSLANDER Foreskin’s Lament Beware of God: Stories HOPE: A TRAGEDY A NOVEL Shalom Auslander RIVERHEAD BOOKS a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Ne.

The brilliance of Hope: A Tragedy is that it pulls off this potentially offensive conceptual feat with devastating aplomb

The brilliance of Hope: A Tragedy is that it pulls off this potentially offensive conceptual feat with devastating aplomb. More than that, Auslander has written one of the funniest books of the last decade: a raging, hilarious polemic on the inescapability of history and the ambiguous nature of hope. The protagonist is Solomon Kugel, a young Jewish professional who yearns for nothing more than to protect his only child, three-year-old Jonah, from all the awful things that could happen to him.

Though characters like Kugel may be ubiquitous, you don't always get to hear their stories; Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy brings his misanthropic type center stage.

Shalom Auslander - Hope: A Tragedy. 1 February 2012 Hope: A Tragedy opens with Solomon Kugel having moved into a rural farmhouse just outside New York with his wife and young son, in an effort to find some peace o. Probably the funniest book that’s ever going to be written about the Holocaust. This is probably the funniest book that’s ever going to be written about the Holocaust. Hope: A Tragedy opens with Solomon Kugel having moved into a rural farmhouse just outside New York with his wife and young son, in an effort to find some peace of mind. But it isn’t quite working out as he’d planned, because an arsonist has begun burning farmhouses in the area. That proves the least of Kugel’s worries, though, when he finds a decrepit, ancient, foul-mouthed Anne Frank hiding in his attic.

And yet with Hope: A Tragedy, Auslander has created a story that’s uniquely his, with something in it to offend, enlighten . Shalom Auslander has written another outstanding book. This one's just hilarious

And yet with Hope: A Tragedy, Auslander has created a story that’s uniquely his, with something in it to offend, enlighten and ultimately touch just about anyone. This one's just hilarious. Even the premise (Anne Frank is alive, and living in an attic in upstate New York) is astounding.

The bestselling debut novel from Shalom Auslander, the darkly comic author of Foreskin’s Lament and Beware of Go. The inside jacket plot description of Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy is somewhat misleading.

The bestselling debut novel from Shalom Auslander, the darkly comic author of Foreskin’s Lament and Beware of God. A New York Times Notable Book 2012. 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 FROM THE CREATOR OF SHOWTIME'S "HAPPYISH". 25 September 2015 ·. youtube. The Moth Presents Shalom Auslander: Death Camp Blues. com/fiction/2005 04 005035.


Comments: (7)

Alexandra
This has got to be one of the best books I have read all year for the mere fact that it had me laughing uproariously at times and made me sad at others. I didn't read Auslander's "Foreskin" book so I have no way of comparing this to that which I see many others do. But as a stand-alone book I thought this was just excellent. I picked it up after seeing it was on the NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2012 and am super happy I did.

The book is about a tragic character named Kugel who buys a farmhouse out in the country in a small city named Stockton where he and his wife and young son live. Soon after his mother comes to live with them and soon after that they find a mysterious person living in the attic of their new home. I won't give away who it is but to any reader of Holocaust literature, you will recognize this person. The story quickly goes from bad to worse as Kugel's life literally starts falling apart from the minute he meets his new attic houseguest.

I thought the language in the book was incredibly funny. I do wonder a bit if people who are not Jewish or people who did not grow up surrounded by Jews would find the book as funny as I did. For sure not everyone will get the humor. I mean does everyone in the world know who Abraham Foxman is? I guess most people do know Elie Weisel whose name appears in the book numerous times. Incredibly funny book that I highly recommend. I will likely read his other book now.
Jorius
Shalom Auslander has written another outstanding book. This one's just hilarious. Even the premise (Anne Frank is alive, and living in an attic in upstate New York) is astounding. Where he goes with it is just ...we couldn't possibly justify it in a review. If you can take a little poking fun at Judaism, World War II, mothers, small towns, old people, and...just anything...get this book. It's so gutsy and hilarious!
Oveley
Auslander has one of the sickest senses of humor I have ever encountered. I first discovered him when listening to the Podcast the Moth where people tell 15 minute personal stories without any notes. Some of these stories are brilliant and Auslander's tale was one of those. He told a hilarious story entitled the "Death Camp Blues" about his experience visiting a death camp in Germany. I know that sounds offensive, and there are certainly many people that will be turned off by this type of material, but I and many others are apparently sick enough to enjoy it.

This book is similar. The main character, Solomon Kugel, has just moved into a new house with his wife and young son and his annoying mother who the doctors have "promised" will die any time now. His mother is obsessed with the holocaust and continually tries to tell everybody how much she suffered (even though she was really in the states at the time). Kugel is himself fixated on death, in finding an attic to hide in when "they" come to get the Jews, and in finding the perfect last words to say before he dies. Some of the last words he quotes from historical figures are quite funny. I don't want to spoil anything but the major twist concerns him finding an extremely surprising person living in his attic.

The book is often funny but I believe that Auslander tells the same handful of jokes too often. It's like a SNL skit that gets turned into a full length movie. This plot was reasonable but did exactly zip along. I noted that he also has a collection of short stories that might be worth trying. I recommend this book but with reservations.

Here's two bits from the book that give you the idea:

Why did the chicken cross the road? Professor Jove had asked him. I don't know, said Kugel. Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he was a schmuck, said Professor Jove. I don't get it, said Kugel. The chicken crossed the road, said Professor Jove, for the same reason we all cross roads--because he thought that there might be something better on the other side. Tell me, Mr. Chicken: there are no wars on the other side of the road? There is no suffering, no divorce, no failure? No hunger, no disease, no tears, no pain? They don't commit genocide on that side of the road, Mr. Chicken? On the other side of the road parents don't bury their children, sons and daughters always get the love they need, men and women don't grow old and bitter and die of regret?

Two and a half thousand years later, it was becoming undeniably apparent that an unexamined life is the only one worth living. Examined lives tended to end hanging by the neck in the shower. Life examiners tended to go out sucking on the barrel of a shotgun.
Felolak
This is one of the most feel-good books that I have read in a long time. It's extremely creative and puts into words the oddest and most hilarious thoughts of the average guy. His short story collection Beware of God, while entertaining and overflowing with potential, left readers unsatisfied, with stories that beamed with promise only to burn out at the end. It honestly seemed lazy on the writer's part, or maybe that he was trying to hard to wrap the stories up with a cute little bow. For the most part, it just didn't work. But with the promise of the stories' creativity, I decided to give his novel a shot, hoping that, with more pages to work with, Auslander would fully develop both the characters and the storyline. He did just that and also provided what I felt like was a perfect ending. Great read. You won't be disappointed.
Hope: A Tragedy download epub
Author: Shalom Auslander Shalom Auslander
ISBN: 1447207661
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)