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"Part detective story, part philosophic inquiry, part historic revisionism, Alan Lelchuk delivers a thinking man's thriller." Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning cartoonist and author
"Searching for Wallenberg is a tour de force." Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitzer Prize winner forAmerican Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
"The novel may be as close to the "truth" about Wallenberg and why we need to keep his memory alive, as we are likely to have." Donald Weber, Jewish Book Council
The world remembers Raoul Wallenberg as the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest in 19441945, until he was arrested by the Soviets and taken to Moscow, where he disappeared until his apparent death. Now, more than seventy years after these events, mysteries about Wallenberg's life and fate persist. In Searching for Wallenberg, Professor Manny Gellerman sets out on a quest to discover Wallenberg's fate. In that process the professor encounters a strange woman in Budapest who claims that Raoul Wallenberg was her father. The novel is at once a literary detective story, a historical investigation, and a tale of an unusual friendship.
Alan Lelchuk is the author of American Mischief, Miriam at Thirty-Four, Shrinking: The Beginning of My Own Ending, Miriam in Her Forties, Brooklyn Boy, Playing the Game, Ziff: A Life?, andBreaking Ground: How Jackie Robinson Changed Brooklyn. He has been on the Dartmouth College faculty since 1985.