A dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice - exploring the world of young Russian immigrant Slava Gelman who stumbles from one tragicomic incident to another.
Young Russian immigrant Slava Gelman wants to be a great American writer, but is only a researcher at a New Yorker-style magazine. When his beloved grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, dies, his grandfather corners him with a request: could he forge a few Holocaust restitution claims? Slava resists at first, but eventually his semi-fictional accounts turn out to be the best writing he has ever done. Although he lives in fear of discovery and continues to stumble from one tragicomic incident to another, by the time Slava is finally confronted by a German government employee he is ready to play a role that is - almost - heroic.
About the Author
Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1979; his family moved to the United States at the age of nine. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times magazine, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, London Review of Books, New York Times Book Review and other publications. He lives in New York City. A Replacement Life is his first novel.
Funny and astute -- Sunday Times
Piercing, witty and enviably well written -- New Statesman
The real thing... Fishman is at his best... in the disputed territory between truth and lies -- Observer
Fishman's ability to handle the highly complex moral ambiguities as well as his laugh-out-loud one-liners make this a brilliant tragicomedy - one that almost matches Howard Jacobson at his best -- Christina Appleyard Daily Mail
A beautifully written novel about families, love and memory -- Daily Express