A Man Lies Dreaming is the story of Wolf, a down on his luck P.I. in 1939 London. Hired by Isabella Rubinstein to find her sister Judith, Herr Wolf is drawn into a world he once ruled over with an iron fist. Such a great idea for a crime novel! Lavie Tidhar creates a world that surprises page after page. And each time you start to feel empathy towards Herr Wolf, you are not so subtly reminded of who he really is. If you love detective stories, 20th Century history, or simply a great story, you’ll love this! - randy
“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, haunted by 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 in a concentration camp, imagining another world. And when Wolf and Shomer's stories converge, we find 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 adventurous writers" (Locus).
About the Author
LAVIE TIDHAR is 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.