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The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel (Paperback)

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I love noir, but I especially love neo-noir set in an alternate Alaska established as the official Jewish state after WWII. Murder, shamanism, romance, chess, intrigue, snow and whole lot of Yiddish permeate this amazing novel. The ideas are so startlingly fresh and sharp that you read this novel knowing you’ve never read anything like it before. Chabon outdoes even his Pulitzer Prize-winning Kavalier & Clay with this work.

— ZGR

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“A hardboiled mythical/comic/religious/political page-turner of a novel. We're talking serious fun here. This book is playful, outlandish, and inventive -- and it's all pulled together with great panache into a wonderful reading experience.”
— Tom Campbell, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC

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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—an excellent, hyperliterate, genre-pantsing detective novel that deserves every inch of its…blockbuster superfame” (New York).

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780007149834
ISBN-10: 0007149832
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 29th, 2008
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: P.S.

 

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