Liebestod: Opera Buffa with Leib Goldkorn
- Author: Leslie Epstein
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Published: February 2012
- ISBN-10: 0393081311
- ISBN-13: 9780393081312
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2012
- Subject: FICTION / Literary
Holocaust survivor Leib Goldkorn is about to celebrate his 104th birthday. He is also about to stick his head in his oven and turn on the gas. A series of events at this juncture take him back to his native Iglau, Moravia (present-day Czech Republic); provide him with a new paternity; give him a new career; fill his pockets; and furnish him with a family. He returns to New York with all of the above. However, all is not as it seems. His newfound family and work, a new love interest, and the crazy adventures that ensue are a bit over-the-top for a mere mortal. Epstein (King of the Jews) gives this bawdy centenarian a fittingly bizarre send-off. VERDICT As ";;;;;;;;theater of the absurd,";;;;;;;; this book is a gem. It will appeal to general readers and those who enjoy going beyond the bounds.—Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence
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