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Titel: Signs and Wonders: A Novel
Verlag: Picador USA, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Jacket
Auflage: First Edtion.
0312200099 Fine Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000941
Inhaltsangabe: "God is the problem," says Snakes Hammurabi, explaining his crime. Arrested and imprisoned on a German prison barge for relieving himself upon a church altar, Snakes can find no one more responsible for his predicament than the Divine One himself. As he speaks, eleven hardened criminals including a cannibal, an assassin, and a Nazi listen to his story. Locked together by fate on the eve of the millennium, each has a story to tell. Each man, that is, but the silent one on the bottom bunk who never sleeps or eats--the mysterious Ben Alef.
When a violent storm rips the prison barge from its moorings and sets the prisoners adrift, these morally unbound men find themselves in real danger. But a series of remarkable events (dare one call them miracles?) deliver the escaped criminals to shore. Convinced that Ben Alef has saved them, they set out on foot, a small band of unlikely disciples attending their even more unlikely messiah.
Word spreads swiftly--and so does hysteria--as some people claim that Ben Alef is a fraud and some that he's deluded, while a daily growing rabble follows the procession with a deep need to believe, and does so.
In Signs and Wonders, Melvin Jules Bukiet dares to conjure the holiest event of our collective humanity with a viciously acute eye that spares no one. the new messiah must meet the press, the lawyers, the cops, and the swindlers, all of them vying for a piece of the action en route to the only place a modern Second Coming would occur--a theme park ruled by a rodent--as the celestial clock ticks down to '00.
Signs and Wonders is a singularly inventive book, set in full color on the world stage. Rife on the surface with Bukiet's trademark black humor and rage toward a malevolent God, it seethes below with incisive and courageous commentary on history, religious faith, and mankind at the end of this century of the Holocaust.
Vom Verlag: Praise for Melvin Jules Bukiet's previous novel, After:
"A superb sense of plot and a flair for resonant comic details." --Deborah H. Sussman, Washington Post
"Be prepared for a novel so outrageous and discomforting, so funny and shocking...too serious to be madcap, too angry to be rollicking, After is a scathing, thoroughly offensive novel that hunts taboos like a heat-seeking missile." --Floyd Skloot, Portland Oregonian
"A ferocious, animated ride through concentration camps and immediate postwar Germany...the maelstrom that is After...dares to refract a delicate subject through a prism and let the images shatter into layered reflections." --Tammie Bob, Chicago Tribune
"A big, untidy, funny, wildly extravagant novel... wonderfully involved, deeply thoughtful...After is a brilliant investigation into the possibility of moral life after recent history." --Edith Milton, Boston Globe
"After forces us to enter a world where sardonic humor and unspeakable horror perform an intricate dance over the ashes of Jewish history....A triumph of the imagination, as well as of the humane spirit." --Sanford Pinsker, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Despite its brilliant wisecracks and steely sarcasm, After is never more than a breath away from the horror of Before upon which it is predicated: genocide....An amazing book of both terror and hope." --Enid Shomer, Houston Chronicle
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