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Winner of Hugo Award: Novel Category 2008
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The Yiddish Policemens Union

Häftad,  Engelska, 2008-03-01
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The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY and WONDER BOYS. What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska and not Israel had become the homeland for the Jews after the Second World War? In Michael Chabons Yiddish-speaking Alyeska, Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra. Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitkas homicide unit his fearsome ex-wife Bina. A novel of colossal ambition and heart, THE YIDDISH POLICEMENS UNION interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith.
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His almost ecstatically smart and sassy new novelChabon is a spectacular writer[and] is a language magician, turning everything into something else just for the delight of playing tricks with wordsChabon's ornate prose makes [Raymond] Chandler's fruity observations of the world look quite plainHe writes like a dream and has you laughing out loud, applauding the fun he has with language and the way he takes the task of a writer and runs delighted rings around it. Guardian 'He is the most wonderful vaudeville performer.' Philip Hensher, in the Spectator Books of the Year Michael Chabons brilliant new novel starts with a bangIt hums with humour. It buzzes with gagsSuperb images also team in this long novel: the accumulated reading experience is one of admiration, close to awe, at the vigour of Chabons imaginationa hilarious, antic whirl of a novel. Sunday Times A divine gumshoe romp. Sam Leith, in the Spectator Books of the Year 'Chabon has written such a dazzling, individual, hyperconfident novel that it's tough to work out who wouldn't have fun reading it. If the thriller plot doesn't get you (and it's easily the equal of any detective story in the past five years) then the exuberant style and the sackfuls of great jokes will Whichever way you cut it, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is pure narrative pleasure, high-class stuff from cover to cover. Only a shmendrik would pass it up.' Independent on Sunday 'What really impresses about Chabon's eighth book is the author's ability to take a far-off, unfamiliar landscape and make it so densely, vividly imagined that 50 pages in the reader feels like they've know it forever.' Daily Mail 'A marvellous, masterly reinvigoration of the detective genre.' Daily Telegraph

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Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories, A Model World and Werewolves in their Youth, the novels The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemens Union and Telegraph Avenue, and the non-fiction books Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. Wonder Boys has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and their four children.