So rather than create simple works of historical fiction, fashioning narratives set solely in war-ravaged Europe, Ullman, like Chabon and Foer, has ushered in a fecund new phase of Holocaust fiction. It is not only necessary that we try to recapture the morally-starved world of the actual Holocaust — something Ullman has done extraordinarily well — but that we take up the question of how much that bleak history should define our present-day lives.
Tuesday New Release Day
NEW! Edugyan on music, race, love and loyalty; D’Agata on truth, veracity, and storytelling; Manguso’s elegy for a friend; Ullman with a psychological thriller; Hebert on defining oneself against the backdrop of revolution; a release date for Shadid’s final memoir; and, for all you baseball fans, the 2012 Baseball Prospectus!