A Novel of Klass

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Livingston Press, 2008 - Fiction - 330 pages
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Ayzik Klass, self-styled Yiddish Painter and survivor of the Holocaust, has finally gotten his first New York City gallery show. But Yiddish is a language. How can someone paint in Yiddish? Semantics are the least of Klasss problems, for his wife, named Griselda by some grand joke of the universe, is intent on making the opening a grand success. And Griselda is anything but patient. Will she ruin Klasss opening? Will she somehow manage to kill Klass? Is A Novel of Klass a mystery? Probably not. Is it a comedy? Probably so. Is it a tragedy? Probably so. Does it have two endings? Most definitely so.

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Curt Leviant is author of six critically acclaimed novels: The Yemenite Girl, Passion in the Desert, The Man Who Thought He Was Messiah, Partita in Venice, Diary of an Adulterous Woman, and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Original Music of the Hebrew Alphabet and Weekend in Mustara (two novellas). He won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award and writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerusalem Foundation and the New Jersey Arts Council. Leviants stories and novellas have appeared in Midstream, Hadassah Magazine, Zoetrope, American Literary Review, Confrontation, North American Review, and on National Public Radio. His work has been included in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards, and other anthologies and praised by two Nobel laureates: Saul Bellow and Elie Wiesel. Critics have compared his imaginative fiction to that of Nabokov, Borges, Italo Calvino, Vargas Llosa, Harold Pinter, and even Tolstoy.

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