|Jakob the Liar (1969) [Novel]|
by Jurek Becker
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One of the most remarkable novels of the Holocaust ever written, Jakob the Liar is a tale of everyday heroism and the extraordinary power of illusion. Set in an unnamed German-occupied ghetto, the story centers on its inlikely hero, Jakob Heym, who accidentally overhears news of vital importance: the Russians are advancing on a city three hundred miles away. As Jakob's tidings rekindle hope and the promise of liberation, he feels compelled to elaborate. Forming a protective bond with a young orphan girls, Jakob become caught in his own web of optimistic lies.
Original title: Jakob der Lügner
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II→ Holocaust