Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Jewish Dog / Asher Kravitz, trans. by Michal Kessler, 239 pp.

A dog's-eye view of the Holocaust.  Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

But this is a bestseller in Israel, so maybe I'm missing something.

Caleb is born into a picture-perfect Jewish family in Stuttgart.  He winds up with the family of an SS officer, then as a guard dog at Treblinka, where he meets - you guessed it - the son from the picture-perfect family, who always loved him best.

Apart from the wholly predictable story line, the author attempts to use ironic humor throughout.  And in my opinion, it takes an extraordinarily gifted writer to tell a Holocaust story from the point of view of a dog using ironic humor.  My advice:  don't try it.

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