To begin again. To start anew. But it isn’t quite working out that way for Kugel…
His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won’t stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one Kugel bought, and when, one night, he discovers history—a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history—hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.
Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.
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...it's not much interested in plot. Kugel finds Anne Frank in his attic, his life spirals apart as you might expect. There's some business with a local arsonist, but no big surprises.Read Full Review of Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel | See more reviews from Guardian
The novel itself glides smoothly along, strongly out Woody-ing Woody Allen in its constant fretfulness; and utterly charming in its wacky devotion to the main character's abiding doubts and darkest fears.Read Full Review of Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel | See more reviews from NPR
Auslander has said in interviews that he wanted to write a funny book about genocide — and he has succeeded. Whether or not you read it, however, will probably depend on whether you think some things and some people are just not funny...Read Full Review of Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel | See more reviews from NPR
The book is dangerously funny, and the rants are fierce and pointed. In another writer’s hands, the Anne Frank conceit might seem gimmicky, but Auslander is a masterful comedian and talented stylist.Read Full Review of Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
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