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The Street Sweeper - Elliot Perlman

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The remarkable new novel from one of Australia’s finest writers.

From the scars of the civil rights struggle in the United States to the crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau, there are even more stories than there are people passing each other every day on the crowded streets of any major city. Only some of these stories survive to become history.

Adam Zignelik, an almost 40-year-old untenured academic historian at New York's Columbia University, is the son of a prominent American civil rights lawyer and an Australian mother. One of his late father's closest friends had been the African American civil rights activist, William McCray. Since the death of Adam's parents it is the McCray family - William, his son Charles (Chair of History at Columbia) and Charles' wife - that has become Adam's adopted family.

With Adam's career and his relationship with his long-time girlfriend in crisis, he gets a suggestion for a promising research topic from William McCray, who is a World War II veteran, that just might save him professionally and even personally.

Entirely fortuitously, Charles McCray's wife's cousin, Lamont, recently released from prison and working as a hospital janitor, strikes up an unlikely friendship with a patient, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor and former member of the Sonderkommando (those prisoners forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria of the Nazi extermination camps).

Two very different paths - Adam's and Lamont's - lead to one greater story as The Street Sweeper, in dealing with memory, racism, genocide and the human capacity for guilt, resilience, astonishing heroism and unexpected kindness, spans the 20th Century to the present and the globe from New York to Melbourne, Chicago, Warsaw, Berlin and Auschwitz.

Praise for Elliot Perlman:

‘Perlman has a rare gift for keeping the pages turning while never giving up on his vision of an encompassing and incisive social satire... the Aussie equivalent of the Franzens, Roths, and, yes, Austens of the world’ -- ELLE

‘Perlman’s power is in conveying the strife between personality and character in each of his protagonists. His prose, like his story itself, is vivid, humane, and finally optimistic in a manner that strengthens the reader’s perceptiveness’ -- HAROLD BLOOM

‘Perlman writes with such convincing simplicity - his sentences read like whiskey-fueled confessions - that you can’t help but imagine being locked in a room with his characters, devising a plan to palliate their woes’ -- ESQUIRE

About the Author

Elliot Perlman is the author of the award-winning novel THREE DOLLARS (Victoria’s favourite book, as voted by Victorians, and which was also a feature film starring David Wenham and Sarah Wynter), THE REASONS I WON’T BE COMING (a collection of award-winning stories), and the novel SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY. He is published in 20 countries, to glowing reviews. All of his books have won awards here and overseas, and all three of his books have been bestsellers in Australia and internationally. He is hailed as the ‘Zola of Australia’ in France. He lives in Melbourne.

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Wonderful book

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Fantastic read. A very imprtant author to watch.

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Don't be put off by the title

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One of the best books I have ever read. Everyone should read it for its historical information. & the way the different elements of the story are brought together.

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Keep going you will enjoy it I promise

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I will admit that it was hard to get into, but I guess there was a lot to set up. But by the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I found myself on the most interesting, if not disturbing journey. I wondered on how all the characters would come together and was not disappointed in the end... give it a go, you'll enjoy it.

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Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman is the author of the award-winning novel THREE DOLLARS (Victoria’s favourite book, as voted by Victorians, and which was also a feature film starring David Wenham and Sarah Wynter), THE REASONS I WON’T BE COMING (a collection of award-winning stories), and the novel SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY. He is published in 20 countries, to glowing reviews. All of his books have won awards here and overseas, and all three of his books have been bestsellers in Australia and internationally. He is hailed as the ‘Zola of Australia’ in France. He lives in Melbourne.

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ISBN: 9781742754543
ISBN-10: 1742754546
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Edition Number: 1