A Man Lies Dreaming

**Winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize**

**Finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award**

A noir thriller with a twist and a Holocaust novel infused with the spirit of shund—the dark Israeli pulp fiction that thrived in the years after World War II—the British Fantasy Award-shortlisted A Man Lies Dreaming is a radical literary experiment that brings alternate history to life. Lavie Tidhar has reimagined the rainy, atmospheric energy of London in the 1930s, and the troubled private detective with an unspeakable secret who roams its streets. As A Man Lies Dreaming unfolds and more of its mysteries come to the surface, we find ourselves drawn into a novel at once gripping and profoundly unsettling.

An Indie Next List pick for March 2016!

An Indie Next List pick for March 2016!

LAVIE TIDHAR is the World Fantasy Award winning author of The Violent Century, Osama, and many other works. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella and was nominated for the BSFA, Campbell, Sturgeon, Kitschie Red Tentacle, and Sidewise awards. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and in South Africa but currently resides in London.

“Bold and unnerving…A Man Lies Dreaming is a book of big ideas, from the pathological origins of racist ideology to the way humanizing and dehumanizing those we love or loathe are flip sides of the same coin.” —NPR

“Stunning…very funny…remarkably poignant…[Tidhar] reminds us that even — especially — under the most terrible of circumstances, stories are all we have. And in the right hands, they can be a formidable weapon.”—The Washington Post

“It’s caustic. It’s risky. The unexpected thing about the book is this: It’s good. It’s damn good.”—Jewish Book Council

“Brutally funny…A Man Lies Dreaming is a vital, brilliant novel.”—B&N Reads

“[A Man Lies Dreaming] blends two venerable gneres — alternative history and noir mystery, with Hitler playing the gumshoe. Though this seems like a stretch, Tidhar makes it work. In keeping with the conventions of the genre, his writing is clipped and precise, but colorful enough to reinvigorate familiar tropes.”—The Forward

“A daring work, briskly paced and impossible to set down.”—ALIVE Magazine

“Everything in this genre-bender works; intriguing historical characters are worked into expertly managed plots, and the visceral noir atmosphere is juxtaposed nicely against the drawing-room world of London’s political scene.”—Booklist, starred review

“A wholly original Holocaust story: as outlandish as it is poignant.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Quite literally took my breath away.”—Cleaver Magazine

”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.” The Guardian

”Readers may quickly get used to being ashamed of their laughter, but they may find it more unsettling to discover that their compassion feels equally transgressive . . . Weird, upsetting, unmissable.” Telegraph

(★★★★★) ”Masterful.” Strange Horizons

 

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