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!