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Hope: a Tragedy - A Novel

Shalom Auslander

The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse. The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.

The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse. The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.
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The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse. The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

30:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:52