By Boris Fishman
A singularly gifted author makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and occasionally hilarious tale of a failed journalist requested to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for outdated Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.
Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ''didn't undergo within the distinct way'' he must have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German executive has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. yet endure he has—as a Jew within the warfare, as a second-class citizen within the USSR, as an immigrant in the USA. So? Isn't his grandson a ''writer''?
High-minded Slava desires to positioned all this immigrant-scraping at the back of him. simply the yank dream isn't panning out for him: Century, the mythical journal the place he works as a researcher, desires not anything larger from him. Slava desires to be an accurate, innocent American—but he desires to be a lionized author even more.
Slava's flip because the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that no longer each truth is a fact and never each lie a falsehood. It takes greater than law-abiding to turn into an American; it takes an analogous self-reinvention at which his humans excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by way of his innovations, Slava hazards publicity. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that at last provides him a feeling of domestic in America—but no longer ahead of amassing a long-lasting rate from his family.
A substitute existence is a dismal, relocating, and fantastically written novel approximately relations, honor, and justice.