Popular short fiction writer Lavie Tidhar gathers some of his best work in one collection. Stories that are infused with centuries of tradition and mired with Hebrew mythology. We meet Tzaddik as he faces off against a vengeful angel intent on sending the Fallen to hell. The shapeshifting Rat fights lycanthropic Nazis. The Rabbi takes us on a thoughtful and amusing journey into the possibilities of Jewish state in the heart of Africa. Finally, all three protagonists appear in an old-fashioned caper story that will leave you breathless.
A collection of four linked stories, a pulp re-imagining of fantasy in Jewish terms. With an introduction by Laura Ann Gilman and cover art by Melissa Gay. Published by Apex Books. Electronic edition to be published 2010.
WHAT THEY SAY
How well I recall, as a lad aged some ten years, circa 1937, reading Lavie Tidhar’s stirring adventures in such pulps as THRILLING HEBREW TALES and YIDDISH EXCITEMENT QUARTERLY. Even then, these tales possessed a fascinating air of archaic menace and occult power. Now, some seventy years after their original publication, they positively radiate the uncanny sensibilities of a bygone era. What a cast of characters—the Rabbi, the Rat and the Tzaddik, as memorable as Doc Savage and his crew! And what a set of venues—the London underworld, the African jungles, and more! Plus robust menaces galore! Lavie Tidhar surpassed those who went before him, such as H. Rider Haggard, and inspired those who came after, viz, Avram Davidson and Alan Moore. Having these rousing romps gathered at last into the volume HEBREWPUNK marks a milestone in the literature of the fantastic.
—Paul Di Filippo, author of The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories
Lavie Tidhar has staked out (no pun intended) his own territory by imagining a Judaic mystical alternative history into which he injects vampires, zombies, werewolves, Tzaddiks, golems, and Rabbis. These four stories are wondrous, adventurous, and thought-provoking.
—Ellen Datlow, co-editor of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror
Here we have stories of Tzaddik, The Rat, the Rabbi… Lavie is mining ancient traditions and recent history to write stories of modern despair and a weird sort of redemptive compassion, messing with our expectations and always, always, leading with our humanity, even when those heroes are, by some standards, monsters.
—Laura Anne Gilman, author of Burning Bridges
Lavie Tidhar has a unique and fascinating voice, as well as a good sense of history—both History Surreal and History Literary, as well as the more mundane kind. Imagine Hard-Boiled Kabbalah, a Godfather Rabbi whose gang includes vampires, werewolves and (naturally) golems. If you like your otherworld fun noir, have I got a book for you!
—Kage Baker, author of In the Garden of Iden
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