The year is 2052, and the state of -Israel has been defunct for 40 years, the majority of its citizens having become refugees overseas. Gunther loves European, especially German, women and soon leaves Israel to find fame, fortune and fornication in Germany, whose collective guilt-trip is a goldmine for the licentious professor. A darkly funny reflection on the dangers of racial purity and the position of the outsider in Western Europe,A Guide to the Perplexed marries the playfulness of Nabokov with the sexiness of Philip Roth. It is an angry rant on the effects of ethnic cleansing both our bodies and our minds.
Gilad Atzmon was born and grew up in Israel. An outspoken anti-Zionist, he now lives in London.
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'You see,' James tells Lomba, 'Every oppressor knows that wherever one word is joined to another to form a sentence, there'll be revolt.' Mirroring the prison bars in its Mobius-strip composition, Habila's narrative doubles back on itself to end at the beginning.Oct 20 2002 | Read Full Review of A Guide to the Perplexed
But while it is odd to mix knob gags with highly serious assertions - that the Israelis long ago repressed a dangerous obsession with all things German, for example - it works, because Atzmon writes with so much style and his gags are so hilarious.Jan 25 2003 | Read Full Review of A Guide to the Perplexed
But too many of Atzmon's satirical riffs—on the vengeful pleasure of sex with German women, on Israel's meager cultural and intellectual contributions, on the ironic thrill of a Jew preferring Germany to Israel—have been given voice in Roth's novels with more acuity.| Read Full Review of A Guide to the Perplexed
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