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Benjamin Zucker

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-000-0
Trim Size: 8.5x11

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A stunningly original first novel inspired by the Talmud in which the central text or story in this case is surrounded by the voices of numerous characters, real and imagined

Blue is the story of Abraham Tal, partner with his brother in a gem business on Diamond Row in New York City. He spends his days counseling friends and neighbors in what has come to be referred to as his advice shop. It is here that his real passion lies, for Abraham is a commentator a man who prefers to sit back and discuss the finer points of life rather than to go out and live.

In this kaleidoscopic novel the great irony is that Abraham s story itself is, page by page, surrounded by the commentary of others, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, Bob Dylan, Elie Wiesel, Chief Crazy Horse, various Jewish mystics and rebbes, Vermeer, Kierkegaard, Abraham s mother, his father, his girlfriend all are allowed their commentaries, often in the form of parallel stories from their own lives. Each page of text is also accompanied by a piece of art a color photo, a painting or an illustration that further comments upon the story. Like Perec s Life: A User s Manual or Breton s Nadja, Blue makes a claim to enlarge the boundaries of literature.

Benjamin Zucker, a well-known New York gem merchant, was born on the French Riviera, educated at Yale and Harvard Law School, and followed his grandfather and father into the family business. He travels regularly to the gem capitals of the world Hong Kong, Bombay, London, and Paris purchasing precious stones and is the author of Gems and Jewels. He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. Blue is his first novel.

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