Paul Goldberg, "The Yid"

Paul Goldberg will read from his debut novel, The Yid, a debut novel of daring originality that guarantees that you will never think of Stalinist Russia the same way again.

Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin's death, his final pogrom, "one that would forever rid the Motherland of the vermin," is in full swing. Three government goons arrive in the middle of the night to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, an actor from the defunct State Jewish Theater. But Levinson, though an old man, is a veteran of past wars, and his shocking response to the intruders sets in motion a series of events both zany and deadly as he proceeds to assemble a ragtag group to help him enact a mad-brilliant plot: the assassination of a tyrant. The Yid  is a tragicomic masterpiece of historical fiction.

“Paul Goldberg gives Soviet terror a wild spin in The Yid. When Stalin’s henchmen come for an aging Jewish actor, all hell breaks hilariously loose.” ―More

Paul Goldberg was born in Moscow in 1959 and emigrated to the U.S. at age 14. An award-winning investigative reporter, he is the editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter, a weekly publication focused on the business and politics of cancer. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and elsewhere, and he has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, CNN and NPR. He is the author of two books on the Soviet human rights movement, The Final Act and The Thaw Generation (with Ludmilla Alexeyeva), and co-author (with Otis Brawley) of a book about the American healthcare system, How We Do Harm. The Yid is his first novel.


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03/02/2016 - 7:00pm
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The Yid: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250079039
Availability: available for order
Published: Picador - February 2nd, 2016