By Paul Goldberg
A DEBUT NOVEL OF bold ORIGINALITY, THE YID promises that you're going to by no means contemplate STALINIST RUSSIA, SHAKESPEARE, THEATER, YIDDISH, OR historical past an analogous manner AGAIN
Moscow, February 1953. per week earlier than Stalin's dying, his ultimate pogrom, "one that will endlessly rid the Motherland of the vermin," is in complete swing. 3 govt goons arrive in the midst of the evening to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, an actor from the defunct nation Jewish Theater. yet Levinson, notwithstanding an previous guy, is a veteran of prior wars, and his surprising reaction to the intruders units in movement a sequence of occasions either zany and lethal as he proceeds to collect a ragtag workforce to assist him enact a mad-brilliant plot: the assassination of a tyrant.
While the atmosphere is Soviet Russia, the backdrop is Shakespeare: A mad king has a diabolical plan to exterminate and deport his country's final Jews. Levinson's solid of not going heroes contains Aleksandr Kogan, a machine-gunner in Levinson's purple military band who has for the reason that turn into one in every of Moscow's most efficient surgeons; Frederick Lewis, an African American who got here to the USSR to construct smelters and stayed to paintings as an engineer, studying Russian, Esperanto, and Yiddish; and Kima Petrova, an enigmatic younger girl with a ranking to settle. And wandering throughout the narrative, like a loopy Soviet Ragtime, are such ancient figures as Paul Robeson, Solomon Mikhoels, and Marc Chagall.
As hilarious because it is relocating, as highbrow because it is violent, Paul Goldberg's THE YID is a tragicomic masterpiece of ancient fiction.