Kalooki Nights

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Kalooki Nights

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Life should have been sunny for Max Glickman, growing up in Crumpsall Park in peacetime, with his mothers glamorous card evenings to look forward to, and photographs of his fathers favourite boxers on the walls. But other voices whisper seductively to him of Buchenwald, extermination, and the impossibility of forgetting. Fixated on the crimes which have been committed against his people, but unable to live among them, Max moves away, marries out, and draws cartoon histories of Jewish suffering in which no one, least of all the Jews, is much interested. But its a life. Or it seems a life until Maxs long-disregarded childhood friend, Manny Washinsky, is released from prison. Little by little, as he picks up his old connection with Manny, trying to understand the circumstances in which he made a Buchenwald of his own home, Max is drawn into Mannys family history above all his brothers tragic love affair with a girl who is half German. But more than that, he is drawn back into the Holocaust obsessions from which he realises there can be, and should be, no release. There is wild, angry, even uproarious laughter in this novel, but it is laughter on the edge. It is the comedy of cataclysm.


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Life should have been sunny for Max Glickman, growing up in Crumpsall Park in peacetime, with his mothers glamorous card evenings to look forward to, and photographs of his fathers favourite boxers on the walls. But other voices whisper seductively to him of Buchenwald, extermination, and the impossibility of forgetting. Fixated on the crimes which have been committed against his people, but unable to live among them, Max moves away, marries out, and draws cartoon histories of Jewish suffering in which no one, least of all the Jews, is much interested. But its a life. Or it seems a life until Maxs long-disregarded childhood friend, Manny Washinsky, is released from prison. Little by little, as he picks up his old connection with Manny, trying to understand the circumstances in which he made a Buchenwald of his own home, Max is drawn into Mannys family history above all his brothers tragic love affair with a girl who is half German. But more than that, he is drawn back into the Holocaust obsessions from which he realises there can be, and should be, no release. There is wild, angry, even uproarious laughter in this novel, but it is laughter on the edge. It is the comedy of cataclysm.
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Title Kalooki Nights Height 198 mm
Howard Jacobson Width 129 mm
ISBN-13 9780099560678 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0099560674 Spine Width
Publisher CCV Pages 480
Edition 2010 Availability In Stock

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