Guided Tours of Hell by Francine Prose

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In these two audacious novellas, Americans abroad find that losing themselves in another culture can be dangerous
Invited to Prague’s first annual Kafka conference to read from his play about the great Czech writer, a playwright named Landau finds himself upstaged by Jiri Krakauer, the dashing Holocaust survivor whose claim to fame is a long-ago death-camp love affair with Kafka’s sister. On a visit to the camp, Landau attempts to prove that Krakauer is lying—risking his career to destroy that of another.
On the other side of Europe, Nina and Leo go on a macabre tour of their own. A guidebook editor and his besotted assistant, they are enduring a miserable French vacation when Leo suggests a “Paris Death Trip,” taking in catacombs, prisons, and all the darkest corners of the City of Light.
In these two novellas, Francine Prose skewers Americans abroad.

About Francine Prose

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Born in Brooklyn, Francine Prose has published fourteen novels. The "Washington Post" has called her work a sheer delight.
Published September 24, 2013 by Open Road Media. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Landau casts doubt on Jiri's Holocaust memories, and Jiri is volubly sarcastic about Landau's insecurity, his yearning to exchange his crabbed life for one as oversized (and filled with horror) as Jiri's.

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Jiri reminds Landau that under all of Landau's layers of intellectualization and overdramatization, he pines for a life that has meaning.

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