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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2000



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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a novel about magic, manhood, superheroes, and growing up in America in the 1930s and 1940s. Sammy Klayman is a young man from Brooklyn, struggling with his sexual identity, with a love for pulp fiction and comic books. Josef Kavalier is an apprentice magician and an artist who escapes Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia by hiding in a coffin along with the Golem of Prague. The novel traces the two cousins from 1939 to 1954 as they break into publishing and confront love, war, and loss. As Kavalier and Clay hit the pinnacle of their success, the two cousins each have romantic liaisons: Joe with a woman named Rosa Saks, and Sammy with the actor Tracy Bacon. In the guise of his fictional creation-the Escapist-Joe goes to battle against Carl Ebling, president of the New York Chapter of the Aryan American League. With the World's Fair commencing in Queens, and a world war raging in Europe, Joe takes the stage as magician in an act billed as "The Amazing Cavalieri." After experiencing a horrible loss, Joe escapes to the Navy. Then, in an Antarctic naval station where he has been stationed, Joe survives the war against all odds. The final section of the novel is set with the backdrop of the 1954 Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, which is mounting a war against the comic book industry, and to which Sammy is subpoenaed. Joe has secretly returned to New York where he has holed himself up in an office in the Empire State Building, putting finishing touches on a mammoth graphic novel about the Golem.

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2000
The story of two talented Jewish cousins - one a writer, the other an artist. At the beginning of WWII they collaborate and create comic book action heroes who battle Hitler and his minions.
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