Dinner at the Center of the Earth: A novel

Category: Book
By (author): Englander, Nathan
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Jewish
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Thrillers / General
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 9.50in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*The best work yet from the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges--a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence.
     From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined--a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong--who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner?
     A tour de force from one of America's most acclaimed voices in contemporary fiction.
Review Quote*"Nathan Englander's latest is, as usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day."  
 -Colson Whitehead                                                                                                                      

"Equal parts political thriller and tender lamentation, the latest from Englander explores, in swirling, nonlinear fashion, Israeli-Palestinian tensions and moral conflicts… Ultimately, Englander suggests that shared humanity and fleeting moments of kindness between jailer and prisoner, spy and counterspy, hold the potential for hope, even peace."
-Booklist 


"Appealing... Clever, fragmented, pithy... Englander is a wise observer with an empathetic heart."
-Publishers Weekly


Praise for Nathan Englander


"In Englander's hands, storytelling is a transformative act. Put him alongside Singer, Carver, and Munro. Englander is, quite simply, one of the very best we have."
-Colum McCann
 

"Englander tells the tangled truth of life in prose that, as ever, surprises the reader with its gnarled beauty."
-Michael Chabon


"Nathan Englander's fiction [is] always animated by a deep, vibrant core of historical resonance."
-Jennifer Egan
 

"The depth of Englander's feeling is the thing that separates him from just about everyone. You can hear his heart thumping feverishly on every page."
-Dave Eggers


"Nathan Englander is one of those rare writers who, like Faulkner, manages to make his seemingly obsessive, insular concerns all the more universal for their specificity."
-Richard Russo

Biographical NoteNATHAN ENGLANDER is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander's play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He also translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.