The next novel from Lavie Tidhar, the award-winning author of The Violent Century.
Deep in the heart of history's most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author.
Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world - a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London's grimiest streets.
An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.
©2014 Lavie Tidhar (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
If you like alternative histories undercut with the writing style of Raymond Chandler you will love this book. It sounds a bizarre mix,especially so as the private eye in this story happens to be Adolf Hitler, but it works.
This book is a follow up to Osama which was based on an alto ego of Osama bin Laden. In A Man Lies Dreaming Hitler becomes a private detective, in Osama, Osama bin Laden becomes a vigilante but in both cases they retain what we think we know about their real life personalities.
Much of the book is written in the first person and by the end you really feel you have been listening to the voice of Adolf Hitler.
At times I laughed out loud; the ending for the main protagonist left me deeply moved.
This book contains scenes of sexual and physical violence. The views and opinions of Hitler, as you would expect, are sometimes very shocking.
Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming is a strange blending of (alternate) history, noir and surreality. It is a testament to the quality of writing and Andrew Wincott's performance that the story contains disconnected, dream-like sequences and absorbingly detailed reality, without either feeling out of place.
However, this story contains graphic descriptions of the holocaust, sexual acts and sexual violence. Based on the post-story notes, the author had good reason for including this material, but it is certainly not for sensitive readers.
when I first began this novel, I thought it was a spoof of noir genre. unfortunately it turned out not to be. nor is the reader kidding in his lugubrious over the top interpretation
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