• La paix, c'est ce qu'espérait Salomon Kugel en s'exilant avec les siens dans cette ferme paumée. Raté ! Son épouse le houspille, sa mère le serine avec la Shoah qu'elle-même n'a pas vécue et un pyromane rôde dans la région. Ça pourrait être pire ? Oui ! Voilà qu'il débusque au grenier une vieille dame acariâtre, une icône de l'Histoire déterminée à rétablir la vérité : Anne Frank !

  • Jeune époux et futur papa, Shalom pourrait être le plus heureux des hommes.
    Mais l'enfance peut commettre bien des ravages... Élevé dans la plus stricte orthodoxie juive, il en a gardé une vision très personnelle du " Tout-Puissant " et une paranoïa aiguë. Trente-cinq ans que cela dure. Trente-cinq ans d'une relation complexe, faite d'incompréhension et de pure terreur. Alors, à l'adolescence, Shalom s'est rebellé : gavage de hot dogs, lectures pornos... Et il a attendu, tremblant, le châtiment divin.
    Mais rien... Aujourd'hui, la grossesse de sa femme le laisse désemparé. Partagé entre son désir d'émancipation et sa peur maladive de Dieu, le voilà confronté à l'agonisante question : quel sort doit-il réserver au prépuce de son enfant ?

  • Y a-t-il là-haut quelqu'un qui m'aime ? Cette question hante Bloom depuis qu'il a failli mourir. Mais, face à l'inefficacité de Lucifer et de la Mort, en grand débat sur les méfaits des défibrillateurs, Dieu descend sur terre finir le travail lui-même... Deux hamsters, Donut et Beignet, attendent Joe, leur maître. Confiant dans la bonté de son dieu nourricier, Donut se met à prier. Affamé, Beignet commence à douter... Après une nuit de rêves impurs, Motty se réveille avec une poitrine velue et une furieuse envie de bricoler. Que vont penser les siens de son nouveau corps de chef de chantier goy ? Après La Lamentation du prépuce, Shalom Auslander signe des nouvelles jubilatoires et délicieusement blasphématoires.

  • Anglais Hope - a tragedy

    Shalom Auslander

    'A wonderful, twisted, trangressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book.' A. L. Kennedy

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  • Anglais Foreskin's Lament

    Shalom Auslander

    Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up, defying and eventually being cast out of his community, he could not find his way to a life in which he wasn't locked in a daily struggle with Him. Foreskin's Lament is a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith, his family and his community. 'Bracing and witty . . . Never, frankly, can there have been a more blasphemous book . . . Foreskin's Lament somehow expresses the ideas of Richard Dawkins in the tone of David Sedaris. You can read it for the humour, you can read it as reportage into a secretive and bizarre world, you can read it as a personal tale of triumph over adversity, or you can just read it for the misery. It doesn't really matter. But do read it' William Sutcliffe, Independent on Sunday 'One of the funniest books I've ever read, killingly so' Hilary Spurling, Observer 'Exceptional . . . very, very funny' Time Out 'Painfully poignant and hilariously noir' Jewish Chronicle 'By turns hilarious and devastating . . . Few books are laugh-out-loud funny. This one is' Naomi Alderman, Sunday Times 'America's hottest, funniest, most controversial young Jewish memoirist . . . blackly hilarious, groundbreaking' The Times

  • Anglais Hope: A Tragedy

    Auslander Shalom

    Solomon Kugel wishes for nothing more than to be nowhere, to be in a place with no past, no history, no wars, no genocides. The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any import has ever happened there, which is exactly why Kugel decided to move his family there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isnt quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and wont stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought, and he fears his is next. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse. Like nothing youve read before, the critically acclaimed Shalom Auslanders debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. Scabrous and determinedly iconoclastic . . . one of the funniest and most thought-provoking novels youll read ll year Sunday Times A wonderful, twisted, trangressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book. It will make very many people angry. It will also make very many people very happy. A. L. Kennedy, author of Day Auslander writes like some contemporary comedic Jeremiah, thundering warnings of disaster and retribution. What makes him so terrifyingly funny is that he isnt joking. Howard Jacobson, author of The Finkler Question, winner of the Man Booker Prize Can the darkest events of the twentieth century and of all human history be used to show the folly of hope? And can the result be so funny that you burst out laughing again and again? If you doubt this is possible, read Hope: A Tragedy. You won't regret it. John Gray, author of Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

  • Solomon Kugel wishes for nothing more than to be nowhere, to be in a place with no past, no history, no wars, no genocides. The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any import has ever happened there, which is exactly why Kugel decided to move his family there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isnt quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and wont stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought, and he fears his is next. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse. Like nothing youve read before, the critically acclaimed Shalom Auslanders debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. Scabrous and determinedly iconoclastic . . . one of the funniest and most thought-provoking novels youll read ll year Sunday Times A wonderful, twisted, trangressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book. It will make very many people angry. It will also make very many people very happy. A. L. Kennedy, author of Day Auslander writes like some contemporary comedic Jeremiah, thundering warnings of disaster and retribution. What makes him so terrifyingly funny is that he isnt joking. Howard Jacobson, author of The Finkler Question, winner of the Man Booker Prize Can the darkest events of the twentieth century and of all human history be used to show the folly of hope? And can the result be so funny that you burst out laughing again and again? If you doubt this is possible, read Hope: A Tragedy. You won't regret it. John Gray, author of Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

  • Anglais Beware Of God

    Auslander Shalom

    Shalom Auslander's stories have the mysterious punch of a dream: a pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and is forced to reconsider his life and his diet. Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency-preparedness training for the future. Auslander draws upon his Orthodox Jewish upbringing to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God and death.

  • A New York Times Notable Book, and a 'chaotic, laugh riot' (San Francisco Chronicle) of a memoir.
    Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up and was estranged from his community, his religion and its traditions, he could not find the path to a life where he didn't struggle daily with the fear of God's formidable wrath. Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's 'painfully, cripplingly, incurably, miserably religious' youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox Jewish community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. His combination of unrelenting humor and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith and family.

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