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A Man Lies Dreaming

Lavie Tidhar

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JABBERWOCKY
06 July 2021
Winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Adolf Hitler is transported to London, 1939, where he makes a feeble living as a private eye, while in another time and place, a man lies dreaming...

'A twisted masterpiece' Guardian1939. In a grotty corner of London, in a flat above a shop, a private eye known as Wolf keeps his office. The city is in the throes of a very British Fascism, and Wolf is far from the life he left behind in Germany, before the Fall. Business hasn't been good, so when a glamorous Jewish heiress comes through his door, he has no choice but to take on her case.

It's a decision Wolf will soon regret.

For in another time and place, a man lies dreaming. Once a Yiddish pulp writer, but now imprisoned in a hell of humanity's making, Shomer creates lurid tales of revenge in his sleep...

Prescient, darkly funny and wholly original, the award-winning A Man Lies Dreaming is a modern fable for our time.
By:   Lavie Tidhar
Imprint:   JABBERWOCKY
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781801100632
ISBN 10:   1801100632
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   06 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Currently based in Laos, in South-East Asia, Lavie is an Israeli who has lived in places as exotic as Vanuatu, South Africa and Britain. As well as a clutch of highly regarded short stories and novellas, his website World SF has attracted much attention for focussing specifically on the SF and fantasy produced in non-English speaking countries of the world.

Reviews for A Man Lies Dreaming

'A twisted masterpiece ... A Holocaust novel like no other, Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming comes crashing through the door of literature like Sam Spade with a .38 in his hand. This is a shocking book as well as a rather brilliant one' * Guardian * 'Tidhar tightropes between fantasy, farce, and historical fiction, all while grounding things in brisk, gritty noir. Parallels to our current state of affairs abound, but if anything, they're simply symptoms of how the past can recycle itself in frightening new ways - a process that Dreaming compellingly picks apart and rewires. History isn't written by the winners or the losers, Tidhar illustrates, but by those who know how to shroud it and spin it the most entertainingly. Which only makes Dreaming all the more chilling' * NPR * 'Tidhar knows how to say a great deal in very little. There is eloquence and gravitas in the sparseness and brevity of noir fiction when it is good, and Tidhar's is quite incredible' * TOR.com * 'Tidhar truly is one of the key literary voices of the modern age ... A Man Lies Dreaming is a masterpiece' * The Fantasy Hive *


  • Winner of Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015
  • Winner of Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 (UK)

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