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A Man Lies Dreaming (Hardcover)

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"Shomer lies dreaming of a different world while a prisoner in Auschwitz; in it, a Wolf is haunting the streets of London in search of a lost Jewish woman. In this world, the Wolf will make decisions that will go against who he once was. He will root out the source of a dark conspiracy that is too close for comfort, and in the horror of a concentration camp, Shomer's dreaming becomes an escape from his own reality. As these two narratives begin to interweave, we begin to appreciate Tidhar's genius. Wildly smart and at times lushly decadent, this book was controversial in Europe for many obvious reasons, but that does not take away the power of the story and the richness of the characters."

— Raul

March 2016 Indie Next List

“Tidhar's brilliant novel channels pulp fiction conventions to grapple with the horrors of the Holocaust. In its opening pages, readers are dropped into late 1930s England where Oswald Mosley is about to become prime minister and Hitler, whose Nazi party was defeated by the Communists, is a down-at-the-heels private investigator, a sad and tortured little man. As it turns out, this alternate history is a fever dream of a prisoner at Auschwitz. Who is to say that turning the powerful into the defeated -- even as a fantasy -- isn't an important tool in coping with brutality and dehumanization?”
— Anmiryam Budner (E), Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA


The novel that stunned--and scandalized--Europe comes to America

Wolf, a low-rent private detective, roams London's gloomy, grimy streets, haunted by dark visions of a future that could have been--and a dangerous present populated by British Fascists and Nazis escaping Germany. Shomer, a pulp fiction writer, lies in a concentration camp, imagining another world. And when Wolf and Shomer's stories converge, we find ourselves drawn into a novel both shocking and profoundly haunting.

At once a perfectly pitched hard-boiled noir thriller (with an utterly shocking twist) and a "Holocaust novel like no other" (The Guardian), A Man Lies Dreaming is a masterful, unforgettable literary experiment from "one of our best and most adventurous writers" (Locus).

About the Author

LAVIE TIDHAR is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Violent Century, Osama, and many other books. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella and has been nominated for many other prizes. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and in South Africa but currently lives in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781612195049
ISBN-10: 1612195040
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: March 15th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English