Judenstaat

Judenstaat

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On April 4, 1948, the sovereign state of Judenstaat was created in the territory of Saxony bordering Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit Klemmer is making a documentary film outlining the direction that Judenstaat has taken as a country on the world stage, from the Nazi atrocities of World War II to their liberation by Soviet troops. She is haunted by memories of her dead husband, who was shot by a sniper as he conducted for the National Symphony. Still grieving, she is confronted by a mysterious flesh-and-blood ghost from her past who leaves her controversial footage on one of Judenstaat's founding fathers--and a note: "They lied about the murder." Judit's research into the footage, as well as what really happened to her husband, embroils her in controversy and conspiracy, collective memory and national amnesia, and answers far more horrific than she imagined.-- from book jacket
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466890008
1466890002
9780765382962
0765382962
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 25 cm

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athompson10 Aug 27, 2016

This book was frustrating. The main character seems to operate in a world of allusions and hints, and expects the reader to follow along. Perhaps someone with a more thorough knowledge of the history of modern Israel would get more from this novel; much of it seems to be a thinly disguised satire of some of the political forces and decisions that have shaped that state. For the casual reader, this isn't a mystery or a thriller or anything easy to categorize. I finished the book because I started it but I didn't feel enlightened or satisfied at the end, just annoyed.

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