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Bobby In Naziland

A Tale of Flatbush

Brooklyn, 1955-64: A boy learns about life and death from the WWII vets and Holocaust survivors who surround him.

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The Jewish Voice
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It really is the neighborhood that’s the star of the story. You don’t have to be Jewish—or a Brooklynite—to be enchanted by this book. But it’s going to take you even further home if you are.
Whitney Strubhistory professor and director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University-Newark; author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right
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This is history writ with piss and vinegar, stark, unsentimental, and unexpectedly moving…. a repository of postwar Jewish memory of the sort that historians can’t find in archives.
David Comfortauthor of The Rock and Roll Book of the Dead and An Insider’s Guide to Publishing; contributor to Blogcritics.org
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You might call this remarkable coming-of-age novel a kosher Catcher in the Rye, if it weren’t in a category all its own…. Brilliant, darkly comic… its characters are unforgettable and deeply moving.
B. A. Nilssoncontributing writer for Metroland
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Truth seeps out of every paragraph…. Wry, touching, and disturbingly insightful.
Bruce AbrahamsThe Erotic Review
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Bobby in Naziland speaks not just to the strength of Jewish identity but of the human proclivity to preserve a coherent narrative of origin and affiliation.
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A darkly comic and deeply moving memoir of a New York City lost to time

From the final days of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the mid-1950s to the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Bobby in Naziland is an unsentimental journey through one Brooklyn neighborhood. Though a 20-minute and 15-cent subway ride from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, Flatbush remained provincial and working-class—a place where Auschwitz survivors and WWII vets lived side by side and the war lingered like a mass hallucination.

Meet Bobby, a local kid who shares a shabby apartment with his status-conscious mother and bigoted father, a soda jerk haunted by memories of the Nazi death camp he helped liberate. Flatbush, to Bobby, is a world of brawls with neighborhood “punks,” Hebrew-school tales of Adolf Eichmann’s daring capture, and grade-school duck-and-cover drills. Drawn to images of mushroom clouds and books about executions, Bobby ultimately turns the seething hatred he senses everywhere against himself.

From a perch in his father’s candy store, Bobby provides a child’s-eye view of the mid-20th-century American experience—a poignant intertwining of the personal and historical.

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Robert Rosen

ROBERT ROSEN is the author of the international bestseller Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon. His work has appeared in a wide array of publications all over the world, including Uncut, Mother Jones, The Soho Weekly News, La Repubblica, VSD, Proceso, Reforma and El Heraldo. Over the course of a controversial career, Rosen has edited pornographic magazines and an underground newspaper; has written speeches for the Secretary of the Air Force; and has been awarded a Hugo Boss poetry prize. Rosen was born in Brooklyn and lives in New York City with his wife, Mary Lyn Maiscott, a writer, editor and singer. For more information about Robert Rosen, please go to robertrosennyc.com.

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