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Publisher Comments:

Fiction. Jewish Studies. According to ancient Jewish legend, there are "36 righteous ones," people who in every generation, unknown even to themselves, continually save the world through their good deeds. What if it were literally true? And what if they were being murdered one by one? Could this explain the existence of what theologians call "radical evil"—the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the invention of "suicide bombing"? Join metaphysically minded detective Eric Lonnrot and the traumatized genocide survivor Nahum Applefeld as they race to solve these urgent questions.

Review:

"This downbeat postapocalyptic novel attempts to be a thought-provoking philosophical study of human nature, but mostly instills a feeling of utter despair. It's the middle of the 21st century, and the world has been turned upside down by a series of devastating attacks. Arabs have nuked Israel and enslaved the survivors in work camps and rape palaces, and attacks on the U.S. lead to repressive rule by a president who takes an oath 'for the duration of the national emergency.' Eric Lonnrot, a Lutheran, approaches his friend Nahum Applefeld, one of the last free Israelis, with an unusual idea. Lonnrot believes that the world is faltering because the legendary 36 Righteous Ones, 'whose existence justifies the world,' are dying off, and he hopes that if the survivors are found and protected, humanity can endure. As Lonnrot and Applefeld embark on their hopeless quest, Berman-Gorvine stays true to his bleak vision with explicit and distressing descriptions of 'the Second Holocaust,' suicide centers, and global misery." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Martin Berman-Gorvine grew up in the Philadelphia area and lived in Israel for six years. Writing as Martin Gidron, he is the author of The Severed Wing (Livingston Press, 2002), which received the 2002 Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Long Form). He is a professional business journalist, is married to Jacqueline Berman-Gorvine, an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and has two sons from a previous marriage. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where he is hard at work on his next novel, a ghost story set in the vanished village of Green Run, Assateague Island, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604890914
Author:
Berman-gorvine, Martin
Publisher:
Livingston Press (AL)
Author:
Berman-Gorvine, Martin
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
259

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Jewish
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z

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Product details 259 pages Livingston Press (AL) - English 9781604890914 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This downbeat postapocalyptic novel attempts to be a thought-provoking philosophical study of human nature, but mostly instills a feeling of utter despair. It's the middle of the 21st century, and the world has been turned upside down by a series of devastating attacks. Arabs have nuked Israel and enslaved the survivors in work camps and rape palaces, and attacks on the U.S. lead to repressive rule by a president who takes an oath 'for the duration of the national emergency.' Eric Lonnrot, a Lutheran, approaches his friend Nahum Applefeld, one of the last free Israelis, with an unusual idea. Lonnrot believes that the world is faltering because the legendary 36 Righteous Ones, 'whose existence justifies the world,' are dying off, and he hopes that if the survivors are found and protected, humanity can endure. As Lonnrot and Applefeld embark on their hopeless quest, Berman-Gorvine stays true to his bleak vision with explicit and distressing descriptions of 'the Second Holocaust,' suicide centers, and global misery." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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