I Pity The Poor Immigrant: A Novel

Paperback | April 14, 2015

byZachary Lazar

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"Lazar knows how to paint the brief vivid picture, and draws the reader into a beguiling air of lost connections...." -James Wood,The New Yorker

In 1972, American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli government for citizenship. His request is denied, and he is returned to the U.S. to stand trial. He leaves behind a mistress in Tel Aviv, a Holocaust survivor named Gila Konig.

In 2009, American journalist Hannah Groff travels to Israel to investigate the killing of an Israeli writer. She soon begins to connect the dots between Lansky, Gila, the murdered writer, and her own father, finding herself inside a web of violence that takes in the American and Israeli Mafias, the biblical figure of King David, and the modern state of Israel. Part crime story, part spiritual quest, I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT is "a novel that does the work of a hundred history books."*

*Joshua Ferris

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"Lazar knows how to paint the brief vivid picture, and draws the reader into a beguiling air of lost connections...." -James Wood,The New YorkerIn 1972, American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli government for citizenship. His request is denied, and he is returned to the U.S. to stand trial. He leaves behind a mistress in Te...

Zachary Lazar's previous novel,Sway(LB, 978-0-316-11309-0, 1/08), was chosen as a Best Book of 2008 by theLos Angeles Times,and his memoir,Evening's Empire: TheStory of My Father's Murder(LB, 978-0-316-03768-6, 11/09),was named a Best Book of 2009 in theChicago Tribune.Lazar is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Hodder F...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.38 × 5.62 × 0.75 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316254053

ISBN - 13:9780316254052

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"One of my favorite books of this past year... one of the most formally daring and innovative fictions I've read in years. It's a multiform novel that defies categorization, simultaneously a crime story, a memoir, and ultimately a strange and poetic exegesis on what it means to be a Jew. A truly fascinating work."-Change-rae Lee, Salon's Ultimately Literary Guide 2014