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The Yiddish Policemen's Union - A Novel

Michael Chabon

From the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay comes an equally dazzling, original, and imaginative work of fiction. For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descen-dants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka Dis-trict have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex fron-tier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can’t catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman’s new supervisor is the love of his life–and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder–right under Landsman’s nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage–and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an hom-age to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mys

From the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay comes an equally dazzling, original, and imaginative work of fiction. For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descen-dants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka Dis-trict have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex fron-tier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can’t catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman’s new supervisor is the love of his life–and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder–right under Landsman’s nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage–and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an hom-age to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mys
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay comes an equally dazzling, original, and imaginative work of fiction. For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descen-dants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka Dis-trict have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex fron-tier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can’t catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman’s new supervisor is the love of his life–and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder–right under Landsman’s nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage–and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an hom-age to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mys

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Riegert

Length:

12h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

26:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

16:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

42:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

16:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

21:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

18:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

21:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:26