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Witz

(2010)
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One of the great comic epics of our time: the Last Jewish Novel about the Last Jew in the World. On Christmas Eve 1999, all the Jews in the world die in a strange, millennial plague, with the exception of the firstborn males, who are soon adopted by a cabal of powerful people in the American government. By the following Passover, however, only one is still alive: Benjamin Israelien; a kindly, innocent, ignorant man-child. As he finds himself transformed into an international superstar, Jewishness becomes all the rage: matzo-ball soup is in every bowl, sidelocks are hip; and the only truly Jewish Jew left is increasingly stigmatized for not being religious. Since his very existence exposes the illegitimacy of the newly converted, Israelien becomes the object of a worldwide hunt . . .

Meanwhile, in the not-too-distant future of our own, 'real' world, another last Jew - the last living Holocaust survivor - sits alone in a snowbound Manhattan, providing a final melancholy witness to his experiences in the form of the punch lines to half-remembered jokes. .

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Witz (American Literature Series)
Author(s): Professor of Political Science Joshua Cohen
ISBN: 1-56478-588-2 / 978-1-56478-588-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

May 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Witz (American Literature Series)
Author(s): Joshua Cohen
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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