The Jew of New York

The Jew of New York

Graphic Novel - 1998
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In 1825, Mordecai Noah, a New York politician and amateur playwright possessed of a utopian vision, summoned all the lost tribes of Israel to an island near Buffalo in the hope of establishing a Jewish state. His failed plan, a mere footnote in Jewish-American history, is the starting point for Ben Katchor's brilliantly imagined epic that unfolds on the streets of New York a few years later. A disgraced kosher slaughterer, an importer of religious articles and women's hosiery, a pilgrim peddling soil from the Holy Land, a latter-day Kabbalist, a man with plans to carbonate Lake Erie--these are just some of the characters who move through Katchor's universe, their lives interwoven in a common struggle to settle into the New World even as it erupts into a financial frenzy that could as easily leave them bankrupt as carry them into the future.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375700972
0375700978
Branch Call Number: GN KATC
Characteristics: 97 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm.

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tapcity Mar 20, 2014

Ben Katchor is a genius. This book is an hilarious and deep dive into the history of a city where fully half the people are some kind of artist; either con artists or sincere but fatally flawed geniuses. Washington Irving might have challenged Mr. Katchor to a duel, or he might have tried to sell him the rights to his defunct magazine "Salmagundi". . .

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