Synopses & Reviews
In 1945 the Allied forces are trekking across Europe, pausing incidentally to free the Jews from Hitler's camps. Newly emerged from the ashes, three ex-prisoners-a logician, a saint, and a schemer-come toghether. Led by nineteen-year-old Isaac Kaufman, this trio joins forces in survival to exploit the only industry up and running in a crippled German town, the black market-until they discover and decide to steal a four-foot cube:"Eighteen tons of golden ingots created from fillings pried from the teeth of the Jews of Eastern Europe."
"A big, untidy, funny, wildly extravagant novel . . . wonderfully involved, deeply thoughtful . . . After
is a brilliant investigation into the possibility of moral life after recednt history."--Edith Milton, The Boston Globe
"A ferocious, animated ride through the concentration camps and immediate postwar Germany . . . the maelstrom that is After . . . dares to refract a delicatee subject through a prism and let the images shatter into layered reflections."--Tammie Bob, The Chicago Tribune
"After forces us to enter a world where sardonic humor and unspeakable horror perform an intricate dance over the ashes of Jewish history . . . A triumph of the imagination, as well as of the humane spirit."--Sanford Pinsker, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Be prepared for a novel so outrageous and discomforting, so funny and shocking . . . too serious to be madcap, too andgry to be rollicking, After is a scathing, thoroughly offensive novel that hunts taboos like a heat-seeking missile."--Floyd Skloot, Portland Oregonian
About the Author
Melvin Jules Bukiet
is the author of Sandman's Dust, Stories of an Imaginary Childhood
, and While the Messiah Tarries
. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Antaeus, and elsewhere. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City with his wife and three children.