On April 4th, 1948 the sovereign state of
Judenstaat was created in the territory of Saxony, bordering Germany,
Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit
Klemmer is making a documentary portraying Judenstaat’s history from the
time of its founding to the present.
She is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband,
Hans, a Saxon, shot by a sniper as he conducted the National Symphony.
With the grief always fresh, Judit lives a half-life, until confronted
by a mysterious, flesh-and-blood ghost from her past who leaves her
controversial footage on one of Judenstaat’s founding fathers—and a
note: “They lied about the murder.” Judit’s research into the footage,
and what really happened to Hans, embroils her in controversy and
conspiracy, collective memory and national amnesia, and answers far more
horrific than she imagined.
Simone Zelitch is the author of three prior novels, including Louisa which
won the Goldberg Prize for Emerging Jewish Fiction. Her work has been
featured on NPR and recent honors include a National Endowment for the
Författare: Simone Zelitch
Foto: Nathaniel House
Etiketter: Nya böcker