The Yid (Paperback)
This is an absolute masterpiece of historical fiction. I was genuinely stunned to find that this was Goldberg’s debut novel. The setting is Moscow, 1953. The plans for Stalin’s final epic attack on the Jewish population are in full swing, bringing arrests and executions by the thousands.
Enter a crazy, old war veteran turned actor, who sets into motion a series of events as violent and deadly as they are philosophical and hysterical. This book has some of the most unique writing techniques I have seen, reading like a literary psychological vaudevillian horror show (insane, right?), and is a perfect blend of comedy and tragedy. “The Yid” is simply brilliant.— From Book Review: Go Back in Time with 3 Historical Fiction Titles
A debut novel of daring originality, The Yid guarantees that you will never think of Stalinist Russia, Shakespeare, theater, Yiddish, or history the same way again.
Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin's death, his final pogrom, "one that will 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.
While the setting is Soviet Russia, the backdrop is Shakespeare, with Stalin in the role of mad king. As hilarious as it is moving, as philosophical as it is violent, with echoes of Inglourious Basterds and Seven Samurai, The Yid is a tragicomic masterpiece of historical fiction.
About the Author
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.