Elijah Visible

Stories

Thane Rosenbaum

St. Martin's Press

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With the publication of Elijah Visible, Thane Rosenbaum emerged as a fresh and important new voice on the American literary scene, a young writer in the great Jewish storytelling tradition of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Isaac Babel. In this haunting debut, Rosenbaum weaves together nine postmodern tales about Adam Posner, a young man determined to climb the American corporate ladder, who finds himself paralyzed by he legacy of the Holocaust. Encumbered by the psychic screams of his deceased parents, Posner embodies the disintegration, as well as the spiritual search, of the modern Jewish family. Rosenbaum's stunning portrait of the post-Holocaust world will resonate with contemporary readers of all backgrounds.

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ELIJAH VISIBLE
CATTLE CAR COMPLEXHe pushed the button marked "Down." He pushed again. The machine ignored the command. Slowly he pivoted his head back, staring up at the stainless-steel eyebrow just over the door. No movement of descending light. The numbers remained frozen, like a row of stalled traffic.For bodily emphasis, he leaned against the panel--pressing "Down," "Up," "Lobby," "Open," "Close"--trying vainly to breathe some life into the motionless elevator. But there was no pulse. The car remained inert, suspended in the hollow lung of the skyscraper.

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Praise for Elijah Visible

"Thane Rosenbaum is totally obsessed with the Holocaust. His stories reflect that obsession. They are written with sensitivity and pain." --Elie Wiesel

"Anyone concerned with the decay of Diaspora Judaism should read these stories, for Rosebaum shows great skill and sensitivity in depicting the aftermath." --Henry Roth, author of Call It Sleep

"A remarkable and original collection of short fiction." --The Baltimore Sun

"The nine stories of Thane Rosenbaum's Elijah Visible make for a noteworthy literary debut-not only because they introduce a distinctive voice to American Jewish fiction, but also because they represent a significant shift in how stories of the Holocaust can be told in and for our time." --Sanford Pinsker, The Forward

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Thane Rosenbaum

Thane Rosenbaum won the prestigious Wallant Prize for Elijah Visible. The literary editor of Tikkun, he also contributes to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and is the author of a novel, Second Hand Smoke. He lives in New York, where he teaches law and human rights at Fordham Law School.

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Elijah Visible
Stories
Thane Rosenbaum

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St. Martin's Press
February 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466808478
ISBN10: 1466808470
205 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312198657
ISBN10: 0312198655
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$17.99
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