Waiting on: A man lies dreaming

I really, really want to read more books by Lavie Tidhar. Because I loved Osama. And he’s funny on twitter!  So though I still have The violent century and Martian sands in my to-read pile, I’m also waiting excitedly for this:

A man lies dreaming,  to be published Oct 23rd. (Or that’s when I get to buy the ebook, anyway!)

Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.

An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.


“Imagining another world” is the trigger word for me – I really, really love alternate/parallel/stacked universes/worlds/dimensions  (those are a lot of ways to say one thing…!)  – which I blame on the components of my childhood; Mr. Benn, the chronicles of Narnia, the Neverending Story,  and then exploding all over discovering Philip K. Dick.  (And Kafka, I guess, which came before that. My “young adulthood” was actually spent being a classic literature snob.)  So uh yes. October!

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