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The Street Sweeper

(2012)
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From the civil rights struggle in the United States to the crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau, there are momentous stories everywhere. But only some survive to become history.

Lamont Williams is a black man from the Bronx trying to return to a normal life after serving a six-year prison term for a crime for which he was wrongly convicted. Historian Adam Zignelik is an untenured Columbia professor whose career and long-term relationship are falling apart. When Lamont Williams strikes up an unlikely friendship with a patient at the hospital where he works as a janitor, he learns about the Sonderkommando--prisoners forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria of the Nazi extermination camps. Meanwhile, Adam pursues a promising research topic suggested by a World War II veteran, a topic that might just save him professionally and even personally. When the lives of these two men intersect, history comes to life in ways neither of them could have foreseen.

The Street Sweeper is an astonishing feat of storytelling that addresses the personal and the political as it sweeps across the globe, through the seminal events of the twentieth century to the present. Honest, hypnotic and redemptive, this is a novel that explores the responsibility of the historian, the weight of history on all of us, and the crucial role that bearing witness plays in breaking the cycle of human cataclysm.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
ISBN: 1-59448-847-9 / 978-1-59448-847-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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January 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
ISBN: 0-385-66562-8 / 978-0-385-66562-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
ISBN: 0-571-23685-5 / 978-0-571-23685-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
ISBN: 1-59448-619-0 / 978-1-59448-619-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
ISBN: 0-571-23684-7 / 978-0-571-23684-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
ISBN: 0-571-29501-0 / 978-0-571-29501-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   


January 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
Publisher: Bond Street Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2011 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Street Sweeper
Author(s): Elliot Perlman
Publisher: Random House Australia
Availability: Amazon AU