Judenstaat by Simone Zelitch
A Novel

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A determined archivist struggles to find truth...Enmeshed in the past, Judit grapples with questions of justice, revenge, and trust. A philosophically resonant tale about the shaping, and force, of collective memory.
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Simone Zelitch has created an amazing alternate history in Judenstaat. On April 4th, 1948 the sovereign state of Judenstaat was created in the territory of Saxony, bordering Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.

Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit Klemmer is making a documentary portraying Judenstaat's history from the time of its founding to the present. She is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband, Hans, a Saxon, shot by a sniper as he conducted the National Symphony. With the grief always fresh, Judit lives a half-life, until confronted by a mysterious, flesh-and-blood ghost from her past who leaves her controversial footage on one of Judenstaat's founding fathers--and a note:

"They lied about the murder."

Judit's research into the footage, and what really happened to Hans, embroils her in controversy and conspiracy, collective memory and national amnesia, and answers far more horrific than she imagined.

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About Simone Zelitch

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Simone Zelitch's first novel, The Confession of Jack Straw (1991), won the Hopwood Award. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary. Zelitch, a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, currently teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.
 
Published June 21, 2016 by Tor Books. 321 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 30 2016

A determined archivist struggles to find truth...Enmeshed in the past, Judit grapples with questions of justice, revenge, and trust. A philosophically resonant tale about the shaping, and force, of collective memory.

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