The Lazarus Project

The Lazarus Project

Book - 2008
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On 2 March 1908, 19-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, a Russian Jewish immigrant to Chicago, tried to deliver a letter to the home of the city's Chief of Police, George Shippy. Instead of taking the letter, Shippy shot Averbuch twice, killing him. Lazarus Averbuch, Shippy claimed, was an anarchist assassin and an agent of foreign operatives who wanted to bring the United States to its knees. His sister, Olga, was left alone and bereft in a city - and country - seething with political and ethnic tensions. In the 21st century, Brik, a young Bosnian writer in Chicago, becomes obsessed with finding out the truth of what happened to Lazarus. And so Brik and his friend Rora, a charming and unreliable photographer, set off on a journey back to Lazarus Averbuch's birthplace, through a history of pogroms and poverty and a present of gangsters and prostitutes.
Publisher: London : Picador, 2008.
ISBN: 9780330458429
Branch Call Number: FIC HEMO
Characteristics: 294 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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KatSu Aug 14, 2012

Got this by mistake, was after the 'The Lazarus Phenomenon' just to see what it is about.

From what I read of this one however I would not recommend it

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tedrich2921
Jan 09, 2012

This book is hard to classify. It's a mash-up of the author's (fictionalized?) life and process doing the research about the murder of a 1900's Jewish immigrant. This isn't the easiest book to describe. Many Americans would be surprised at the life of these early immigrants and the discrimation and poverty that was part of their daily lives. I recommend this rather off-beat book for people who live historical novels.

Harriet_the_Spy Aug 16, 2010

This story is both terribly sad and terribly hopeful. It explores how immigrants can never fully understand the new culture they find themselves in, and finds redemption in the most bleak of circumstances.

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