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Judenstaat

Judenstaat

A Novel

Simone Zelitch

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Simone Zelitch's Judenstaat is a shocking alternate history.

On April 4th, 1948, the sovereign state of Judenstaat was created in the territory of Saxony, bordering Germany, Poland, and the Soviet Union.

Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit Klemmer is making a documentary portraying Judenstaat's history from the time of its founding to the present. She is confronted by a mysterious, flesh-and-blood ghost from her past who leaves her controversial footage on one of Judenstaat's founding fathers.

Judit's research into the footage, and what really happened to Hans, embroils her in controversy and conspiracy, collective memory and national amnesia, and provides her with answers far more horrific than she imagined.

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GERMANY was the birthplace of Jewish culture. A thousand years ago, we planted roots in Ashkenaz that flowered and brought forth the fruit of the Enlightenment embodied by the fabled Moses Mendelssohn...

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Praise for Judenstaat

“The glory of Simone Zelitch’s page-turning alternate history is the uncanny precision with which she has deftly transformed the threads of actual events into the stunning new fabric of her novel.” —Book Page

“Like Ari Shavit’s recent book about the founding of Israel, My Promised Land, Zelitch’s Judenstaat raises some profound questions about the cost of the Zionist enterprise.” —Jewish Book Council

Judenstaat reveals the dichotomies fracturing Jewish life—religious and secular, reactionary and reformist—in an attempt to engage with the larger question of what it means to be Jewish in a post-Holocaust world.” —Shelf Awareness

“Beautifully told, thoughtful and disturbing alternate history.” —BoingBoing

“A philosophically resonant tale about the shaping, and force, of collective memory.” —Kirkus

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About the author

Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch is the author of four prior novels, including Louisa which won the Goldberg Prize. Her work has been featured on NPR and recent honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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