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The Prince of West End Avenue

Isler, Alan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing (Vintage Classics)
Published: March 4, 2021
ISBN: 9781784876890
240 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£8.99

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

A youthful tale of geriatric amateur theatrics and one of the most powerful and affecting comedies of modern times. In the Emma Lazarus retirement home in uptown Manhattan, the Jewish inmates embark on a chaotic, bitchy production of Hamlet.

But for our hero, Otto Korner more is at stake than simply directing his quirky, libidinous fellow residents in the play. Somebody knows Otto’s secret, and as comedy and tragedy combine he is transported back to his pre-American past in Germany, Zurich, and finally, Auschwitz. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Prince of West End Avenue was a critical sensation on its first publication in 1994.

A youthful tale of geriatric amateur theatrics, its dramatic curtain call ensures this is one of the most powerful and affecting comedies of modern times.

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