By Boris Fishman
A singularly gifted author makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and infrequently hilarious tale of a failed journalist requested to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for previous Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.
Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ''didn't endure within the specific way'' he must have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German executive has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. yet endure he has—as a Jew within the battle, as a second-class citizen within the USSR, as an immigrant in the US. So? Isn't his grandson a ''writer''?
High-minded Slava desires to placed all this immigrant-scraping at the back of him. basically the yankee dream isn't panning out for him: Century, the mythical journal the place he works as a researcher, desires not anything larger from him. Slava desires to be an accurate, innocent American—but he desires to be a lionized author even more.
Slava's flip because the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that no longer each truth is a fact and never each lie a falsehood. It takes greater than law-abiding to turn into an American; it takes a similar self-reinvention at which his humans excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by means of his innovations, Slava dangers publicity. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that at last gives you him a feeling of domestic in America—but now not ahead of gathering a long-lasting cost from his family.
A substitute existence is a gloomy, relocating, and fantastically written novel approximately family members, honor, and justice.
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