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The Jew of New York

The Jew of New York
Author: Ben Katchor
ISBN 13: 9780375700972
ISBN 10: 375700978
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: 2000-12-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
List Price: $16.95

In 1825, Mordecai Noah, a New York politician and amateur playwright possessed of a utopian vision, summoned all the lost tribes of Israel to an island near Buffalo in the hope of establishing a Jewish state. His failed plan, a mere footnote in Jewish-American history, is the starting point for Ben Katchor's brilliantly imagined epic that unfolds on the streets of New York a few years later.

A disgraced kosher slaughterer, an importer of religious articles and women's hosiery, a pilgrim peddling soil from the Holy Land, a latter-day Kabbalist, a man with plans to carbonate Lake Erie--these are just some of the characters who move through Katchor's universe, their lives interwoven in a common struggle to settle into the New World even as it erupts into a financial frenzy that could as easily leave them bankrupt as carry them into the future.

New York Times

[Katchor is] the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip....He has written a funny, touching and compassionate ode to the city and the anonymous people who live there.