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The Resource A replacement life : a novel, Boris Fishman

A replacement life : a novel, Boris Fishman

Label
A replacement life : a novel
Title
A replacement life
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Boris Fishman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.YevgenyGelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, "didn't suffer in the exact way" he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has--as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn't his grandson a "writer"?High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him--Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American--but he wants to be a lionized writer even more.Slava's turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention in which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America, but not before collecting a price from his family.A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice"--
  • "A humorous and heart-wrenching story of an aspiring twenty-something Russian-Jewish writer who struggles to reconcile his immigrant roots with his fragile new American identity"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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Cataloging source
DLC
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1979-
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Fishman, Boris
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Jews, Russian
  • Authorship
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Immigrants
  • FICTION / Jewish
  • FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  • FICTION / Literary
Label
A replacement life : a novel, Boris Fishman
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
BK0013884581
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780062287878
Lccn
2013048444
Label
A replacement life : a novel, Boris Fishman
Publication
Control code
BK0013884581
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780062287878
Lccn
2013048444

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