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A Man Lies Dreaming (2014)

by Lavie Tidhar

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After the disappointment of Martin Amis' Zone of Interest, I vowed not to read any more holocaust novels but I made an exception for this one as it sounded intriguing. Shomer, an inmate of Auschwitz and an ex- pulp fiction novelist, distracts himself from the horrors of the concentration camp by imagining a pulp crime novel in which Adolf Hitler (aka Wolf) has been ousted from power by the communists and fled to London where he becomes a private investigator.
All the familiar tropes of Raymond Chandler novels are skilfully reproduced including frequent violence and depraved sex. All the other leading Nazis make cameo appearances as does Oswald Moseley and the British blackshirts. There's the occasional use of humour and parody e.g. Lenin Riefenstahl, the Nazi documentary maker and actress is involved in a Hollywood film which sounds very like Casablanca.
The problem is that it's hard to seeAdolph Hitler as Philip Marlowe and it seems at times as if we may even be expected to sympathise with him. Wolf's (Hitler's) trajectory in the novel is from being a Jew-hater to accidentally becoming a Jew (including being violently circumcised).
It's a very readable novel but I'm not at all clear what the point of it is. ( )
  stephengoldenberg | Apr 6, 2016 |
This is Speculative Fiction at it's edge - meet Wolf. It's England in the 1930s. And you know Wolf. But it's all a dream. ( )
  eastmad | Feb 14, 2016 |
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  andyl | Sep 4, 2015 |
Few authors have hit me as “must-reads” as quickly as Lavie Tidhar..A Man Lies Dreaming delivers another amazing, mind-warping read. Blending classic detective noir with historical fiction, Tidhar crafts an intricate mystery that is also a brilliant Holocaust novel...another triumph for an author unafraid to confront issues that confound and overwhelm most writers. I’m calling it: Lavie Tidhar is one of the modern greats.

Read more at The Redeblog. ( )
  ShelfMonkey | Aug 26, 2015 |
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In another time and place, a man lies dreaming.
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