In this intriguing novel, the protagonist, a famous writer, travels to Israel to cover the trial of a former Nazi war criminal. While there, he encounters a man who is his doppelgänger and who has been using his fame to promote a controversial political agenda, including the idea that Jews should abandon Israel and return to Europe. The narrative explores themes of identity, Jewish history, and the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all while blurring the line between fiction and reality.
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This book is on the following lists:
- PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (PEN/Faulkner)
- What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? (New York Times)
- Best Foreign Work of Fiction Chosen by Francophone Writers (French literary magazine Transfuge)