Bursting with raw talent, shockingly irreverent, studded with comic brilliance and unbearable poignancy. It explored the legacy of the Holocaust for subsequent generations head-on, furiously renounced its appropriation and despaired of ever being able to escape its shadow. Its purposeful audacity and literary pyrotechnics disturbed and beguiled in equal measures. We did not consider it to be flawless, but we saluted its ambition and felt that its high risk strategy was more than justified.
A wonderful, twisted, transgressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book. It will make very many people angry. It will also make very many people very happy.
Auslander writes like some contemporary comedic Jeremiah, thundering warnings of disaster and retribution. What makes him so terrifyingly funny is that he isn’t joking.
Can the darkest events of the twentieth century and of all human history be used to show the folly of hope? And can the result be so funny that you burst out laughing again and again? If you doubt this is possible, read Hope: A Tragedy. You won't regret it.
Just finished Shalom Auslander’s remarkable novel Hope: A Tragedy. Bloke finds Anne Frank in his attic. Move over Kafka, you have competition.
I think it’s a brilliant book, I think it’s as good as Portnoy’s Complaint.
One of the best books I read last year. It’s hilarious . . . I think we should all read it.
That book is genius.