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Crossing the Hudson : a novel / Peter Stephan Jungk ; translated by David Dollenmayer.

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  • ISBN: 9781590512753 :
  • ISBN: 1590512758
  • Physical Description: 219 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Handsel Books, c2008.

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General Note: Originally published in German as Die Reise über den Hudson, 2005.
Summary, etc.: Jungk gives a profound meditation on a Jewish family and its past, especially the lasting distorting effects on a son of a famous, vital father and a clinging, overwhelming mother, and of the differences between the generation of European intellectual refugees who arrived in the United States during the Second World War and the children of that generation.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 February #1
    If there was an award for the most hilariously impossible fictional mother, Jungk, author of the acclaimed novel The Perfect American (2004), would easily win it for Rosa Rubin. Every sentence she utters lashes her son Gustav like a cat-o -nine-tails. Gustav has come to New York from Vienna to spend the summer upstate with his wife and kids. He s driving Rosa to the lake house, but they re stuck on the Tappan Zee Bridge. It s hot, crowded, and chaotic, and Gustav has seen something strange and distressing in the Hudson River. His mother the mind reader has also seen it: the enormous, naked body of his late, famous physicist father, her husband, Ludwig. In a dazzling mesh of the ordinary and the otherworldly, this mythic vision become a portal onto the haunting story of Rosa and Ludwig, Holocaust survivors, and their burdened son. Bridging the past and present, the living and dead, Jungk turns one family s sorrows into a microcosm of Jewish heritage. Of great psychological depth and symbolic resonance, this dreamlike tale is worthy of the ancient Greeks. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Peter Stephan Jungk

Peter Stephan Jungk was born in Los Angeles, raised in several European cities, and now lives in Paris. A former screenwriting fellow of the American Film Institute, he is the author of eight books, including the acclaimed biography Franz Werfel: A Life from Prague to Hollywood (1990) and the novels Tigor (Handsel Books, 2004), a finalist for the British Foreign Book Award, and The Perfect American (Handsel Books, 2004), a fictional biography of Walt Disney's last months, which had its premiere as an opera by Philip Glass at Madrid's Teatro Real in January 2013.

David Dollenmayer
David Dollenmayer is Professor of German at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the author of The Berlin Novels of Alred Doblin. He is the recipient of the 2008 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize. He lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Also by this translator: The Road to Rescue, The King of Corsica, House of Childhood

Subject: Jewish families > Fiction.
Refugees > Fiction.
Genre: Jewish fiction.
Domestic fiction.
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