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Zero by Jess Walter

stoutout, September 15, 2006

What Catch-22 did for Joseph Heller, and Slaughterhouse-Five did for Kurt Vonnegut, I suspect The Zero will do for Jess Walter. In an act of post-9/11 literary hubris (?The Zero? refers to Ground Zero in New York City), Walter has written a novel of darkly comic genius that is?gasp!?plot-driven, suspenseful, heavy on the dialogue (for which Walter has a remarkable ear), and above all funny. Sadness, astonishment, absurdity and an exhilirating gallows humor easily coexist in The Zero, all of it rendered in prose that, at times, will take your breath away.
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Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning by Paul Steinberg
Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning

stoutout, September 14, 2006

Instead of the graphic litany of atrocities that characterizes much Holocaust literature, Paul Steinberg?s exquisitely written memoir of survival at Auschwitz focuses on the lingering effects of having survived?the fifty-plus years of sleeplessness, strained relationships and brutal self-recriminations that haunted him until his death in 1999. An unapologetic rejoinder to fellow prisoner Primo Levi?who later recast Steinberg as ?Henri,? the ultimate survivor, in If This Is a Man?Speak You Also dares ask the question: Is it so wrong to survive? The answers tormented Steinberg all his life, and yet there is peace amid the turbulence of this astonishing little book. ?A delivery,? Steinberg writes, ?no matter how long overdue, is still a deliverance.?
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