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Self-Deliverance: The Death and Life of Arthur Koestler Paperback – June 23, 2015
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Self-Deliverance: The Death and Life of Arthur Koestler is Bernard Otterman’s debut novel. His award-winning short stories and poems have appeared in New Millennium Writings, Word/Slovo Poetry, and Jewish Currents, among other magazines and journals. And he has presented his work in lectures and discussions at universities and bookstores across the United States and Australia.
Otterman, born in Poland, is a child Holocaust survivor. His prior writings, including Inmate 1818 and Other Stories (Liber Novus Press 2014), examine history’s darkest hour—the Holocaust. The Jewish Daily Forward said: “Otterman’s willingness to engage creatively with the metaphysical questions raised by the Holocaust should be applauded.” For Martha Rhodes, Founding Editor and Director of Four Way Books, Otterman’s “observant narrators see the world, as it is, surreal, yes, otherworldly, unbearable, and somehow wry.”
At the age of three, he and his parents escaped Lodz, Poland, and fled to Warsaw by moving from ghetto to ghetto, only to be interned in several labor camps. Separated from his father, Otterman and his mother escaped the train line headed for Auschwitz, fled and hid for six months as fugitives in the Polish countryside until Russian troops liberated Poland in January 1945. His father was first sent by train to Auschwitz, then immediately moved to a work camp in Germany. He also survived, and the family was reunited in Lodz in September 1945 through displaced persons listings posted by the Red Cross. They lived in Germany until coming to the United States in 1951.
Otterman earned a PhD in natural sciences and served on the engineering faculties at Northeastern and Hofstra Universities. He resides in Old Westbury, New York, and more information can be found at www.bernardotterman.com.
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Book-ended by the mystery posed by the double suicide of Arthur and Cynthia Koestler - but wait! Was it a double suicide? Maybe it was a suicide/homicide!
Told from the omniscient point of view, Otterman takes us into the lives and minds of the coroner and assistant coroner as they investigate the Koestler's suicides - and their own love lives; what lessons can they draw from their own experiences that will inform their investigation? What can they learn from Koestler's life and philosophies that can enrich their own lives?
Does good sex make a relationship? Is there more to a relationship? Enough to make someone want to kill themselves?
These are the questions raised in Self-Deliverance: The Death and Life of Arthur Koestler and are ultimately, with the help of the the two coroner's personal love journeys and their investigations into the death and life of Arthur Koestler, answered.
As a bonus, readers familiar with Otterman's short stories will be happy to see that Sam, the angry young boy enamored with Nazi ideology, grew up into a healthy young man, a journalist, researcher and expert on Arthur Koestler.
The tension between Jack and Rita in the police station (and let's not forget Frankel!) reads quite well, and I'm not giving anything away by saying that the mystery surrounding the death of Arthur Koestler and his wife only deepens as the book goes on.
Highly recommended to fans of the period and the place.