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"* 'Yoram Kaniuk is one of the most innovative, brilliant novelists in the Western World.' The New York Times * 'Of the novelists I have discovered in translation... the three for whom I have the greatest admiration are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk.' Susan Sontag * 'Whether it is due to the originality of his broken style, or the sensitivity of his characters - the men and women imprisoned by their angels and demons - or his implacable lucidity, Kaniuk must be considered one of the great writers of our time.' Le Monde" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Adam Resurrected is the crowning achievement of one of Israel's literary masters and remains one of the most powerful works of Holocaust fiction ever written. Adam Stein, a former circus clown who was spared the gas chamber so that he might entertain thousands of other Jews as they marched to their deaths, is now the ringleader at an asylum in the Negev desert populated solely by Holocaust survivors. Alternately more brilliant than the doctors and more insane than any of the patients, Adam struggles wildly to make sense of a world in which the line has been irreversibly blurred between sanity and madness. With the biting irony of Catch-22, the intellectual vigor of Saul Bellow, and the pathos and humanity that are Kaniuk's hallmarks, Adam Resurrected offers a vision of a modern hell that devastates even as it inches toward redemption.

"Yoram Kaniuk is one of the most innovative, brilliant novelists in the Western World."--The New York Times

"Of the novelists I have discovered in translation...the three for whom I have the greatest admiration are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk."--Susan Sontag

"A masterpiece of inventiveness, compassion, and stylistic virtuosity."--Jewish Spectator

"Whether it is due to the originality of his broken style, or the sensitivity of his characters--the men and women imprisoned by their angels and demons--or his implacable lucidity, Kaniuk must be considered one of the great writers of our time."--Le Monde

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 and took part in Israel's War of Independence in 1948. A painter, journalist, and theater critic, he is best known as a novelist. His books have been translated into twenty languages and have earned him the Bialik Prize, the French Prix de Droits de l'Homme, and the Israeli President's Prize.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st Grove Press Ed edition (April 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802136893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802136893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Sommer on February 20, 1998
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The story of Adam takes you from post WW II germany to the land of Israel in a flash back & present telling tale of one man's journey back from the brink of self-destruction. A Famous Eurpean Clown forced to be a dog during the Holocaust, living by wit & his Commander's wims & then having to keep his commander alive after the war ended. Adam finds himself returning to Institution life, too smart to be cured and too scared to stay in the outside world. Adam terrorizes the staff, tantalizes his lover (the head Nurse) and mesmorizes all the other patients with his charm and wit. Adam finally begins to heal as he attempts to heal a young boy who thinks he's a dog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 2008
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I read the book in Hebrew. Some of the details might have gone lost because I'm not fluent in Hebrew but I couldn't put down the book. I got sucked into it. It is one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read. It is a Holocaust story telling the story of Adam who lives in a psychiatric facility in Israel and who at times thinks he is a dog because of his experiences in a German concentration camp. The borders between who is mentally ill and who isn't are constantly blurred and so are the differentiations of what are hallucinations and what is actually "true". Great book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. N. Kaili on March 11, 2009
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I've never been as moved emotionally while reading, as I have with this book. My only regret is that I did not know of this novel until recently.It is one of the best written, ever. I will treasure owning it, and intend to read it again, and again.It is a thorough delving into the aftermath of the Jewish holocaust, and the torturous insanity suffered by so many of the survivors.I have found reason to weep through many of the chapters. It is a good thing to feel this.Yoram Kaniuk has my undying respect.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel A. Lawrence on March 1, 2009
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I neither speak nor read Hewbrew and there must be much lost in translation in this book. This is not a book that I would have ever read if not for fact, while in NYC, went to Martha Stewart taping and she had actor who played Adam Stein there. Seems that there are many things beyond my understanding and style of writing is difficult to follow so I forced myself to finish this book. The ending made the read worthwhile.
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