This masterpiece is a brilliant work of black humor that has taken its place as a classic novel about the Holocaust. Set in Poland, it is the story of I. C. Trumpleman, the indiscreet director of an orphanage. When the Germans invade and the Jewish community is forced into a ghetto, Trumpleman becomes the leading figure, caught in making choices about who will live and who will starve. By turns a con man, charismatic leader, and merciless dictator, Trumpleman reveals himself as an extraordinarily complex protagonist. King of the Jews continues to be an extraordinary vision of occupied Poland, and offers stunning insight through the trappings of history to questions of equal moral complexity today.
"The best book yet to be written on the Holocaust. A superb novel." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"The first novel about the Holocaust that manages to be adequate to its own ambition." (New York Magazine)
"Epstein has done the impossible....He has shown what the power of art - of his art - can reveal of the depths of the unspeakable." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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