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In 1945, the allied forces are beginning their trek across Europe, pausing incidentally to free the remaining Jews from Hitler's camps. Hershey bars are distributed to the ravenous living skeletons while bulldozers plow under stacks of the dead. Newly emerged from the ashes, three ex-prisoners - a logician, a saint, and a schemer - come together. Led by nineteen-year-old Isaac Kaufman, this unlikely trio joins forces in survival to exploit the only industry up and running in a crippled German town - the black ...
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In 1945, the allied forces are beginning their trek across Europe, pausing incidentally to free the remaining Jews from Hitler's camps. Hershey bars are distributed to the ravenous living skeletons while bulldozers plow under stacks of the dead. Newly emerged from the ashes, three ex-prisoners - a logician, a saint, and a schemer - come together. Led by nineteen-year-old Isaac Kaufman, this unlikely trio joins forces in survival to exploit the only industry up and running in a crippled German town - the black market. Meeting early success with bootleg cigarettes, forged passports, and a dubious commodity known as DPIDs (Dead Persons' Identification Cards), Isaac remains obsessed with a glimmering object sitting in a military encampment a binocular's view away. The object is a four-foot cube - "eighteen tons of golden ingots created from fillings pried from the teeth of the Jews of eastern Europe." It is the cube that hungry, hopeful Isaac means to claims as his ticket to a new life in the dream land called Far Rockaway. In After, Bukiet's Jews are liberated from the mournful veil of sackcloth sentimentality. They make jokes, they make love, plot for money and material goods and finally save their own lives through their spirited, highly unorthodox dealings with crackpot American GIs, a sleazy cabaret impresario, and a demented German aristocrat.
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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Sussman
A superb sense of plot and a flair for resident, comic, detail.
The Washington Post
Edith Milton
A big, untidy, funny, wildly extravagant novel…wonderfully involved, deeply thoughtful…After is a brilliant investigation into the possibility of moral life after recent history.
The Boston Globe
Enid Shomer
Despite its brilliant wisecracks and steely sarcasm, After is never more than a breath away from the horror of Before upon which it is predicted: Genocide…. An amazing book of both terror and hope.
The Houston Chronicle
Floyd Skloot
Be prepared for a novel so outrageous and discomforting, so funny and shocking…Too serious to be madcap, too angry to be rollicking, After is a scathing, thoroughly offensive novel that hunts taboos like a heat-seeking missile.
Portland Oregonian
Sanford Pinsker
After forces us to enter a world where sardonic humor and unspeakable horror perform an intricate dance over the ashes over the ashes of Jewish history…. A triumph of the imagination, as well as of the humane spirit.
The Philadelphia Enquirer
Tammie Bob
A ferocious, animated ride through concentration camps and immediate postwar Germany…the maelstrom that is After…dares to refract a delicate subject through a prism and let the images shattered into layered reflections.
The Chicago Tribune
Kirkus Reviews
Bukiet (While the Messiah Tarries, 1995, etc.), fiction editor of Tikkun, draws on stories of his own family's survival of the death camps for this corrosive satirical novel of the Holocaust's aftermath.

The story begins on the morning of the day that US troops liberate the inmates of the concentration camp at Aspenfeld, among them the 19-year-old Isaac Kaufman—an ex-yeshiva boy turned scrounger and scoundrel who's determined to prosper in the post- Liberation era by using the skills he acquired surviving the Nazis. He will augment those skills with the talents of Marcus Morgenstern, a former dentist trained in Dachau by the Nazis to be a master forger, and with the additional help of a motley crew of fellow death camp survivors. As Kaufman's schemes escalate from minor black marketeering into the wholesale creation of elaborate false documents (including a demented scheme for DPIDs—Dead Persons Identification—that is clearly a nod to Gogol's Chichikov), he becomes entangled with a supporting cast that includes a group of corrupt GIs; the well-meaning but inept representatives of the Joint Distribution Committee, a real-life Jewish charitable organization that draws considerable scorn from the author; and Isaac's mysterious brother Alter. Bukiet has a sharp eye for the gruesome anecdote and produces brutally cynical, crisp dialogue reminiscent of the hard-boiled 1940s-style detective novel. But the book runs aground for some 40 pages during an elaborately described costume party far too weighted down with symbolism, and Bukiet's lampooning of the US Army seems unoriginal, too much like secondhand Joseph Heller.

Still, despite the longueurs and wildly uneven tone, those who persevere will find a conclusion that is surprisingly earnest, genuinely affecting and, largely because of what has gone before, deeply resonant.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312145361
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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