At first, the brutality of this insane novel hits you like repeated kicks to the gut. While you're gasping on the floor, the black, black, sly humour, and unsparing compassion take over. There's a twist, and it's not what you think it is. Questions of identity which will shock you lie at the heart of this brilliant noir, at once an eye-widening homage to classic pulp and Raymond Chandler, and a real achievement in its own right- an enfant terrible addition to post-Holocaust literature. —Reva— From Reva's Picks
March 2016 Indie Next List
“Tidhar's brilliant novel channels pulp fiction conventions to grapple with the horrors of the Holocaust. In its opening pages, readers are dropped into late 1930s England where Oswald Mosley is about to become prime minister and Hitler, whose Nazi party was defeated by the Communists, is a down-at-the-heels private investigator, a sad and tortured little man. As it turns out, this alternate history is a fever dream of a prisoner at Auschwitz. Who is to say that turning the powerful into the defeated -- even as a fantasy -- isn't an important tool in coping with brutality and dehumanization?”
— Anmiryam Budner (E), Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA
The novel that stunned and scandalized Europe comes to America
Wolf, a low-rent private detective, roams London's gloomy, grimy streets, hauntedby dark visions of a future that could have been and a dangerous present populated by British Fascists and Nazis escaping Germany. Shomer, a pulp fiction writer, lies ina concentration camp, imagining another world. And when Wolf and Shomer's stories converge, wefind ourselves drawn into a novel both shocking and profoundly haunting.
At once a perfectly pitched hard-boiled noir thriller (with an utterly shocking twist) and a Holocaust novel like no other ("The Guardian"), "A Man Lies Dreaming" is a masterful, unforgettable literary experiment from one of our best and most adventurouswriters ("Locus").
About the Author
LAVIE TIDHARis the World Fantasy Award-winning author of "The Violent Century, Osama, " and many other books. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella and has been nominated for many other prizes. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and in South Africa but currently lives in London."