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The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick
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Feb 21, 2012

really liked it
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The Messiah of Stockholm, is a witty literary tale set in Stockholm. The guiding light of the novel, is Polish writer Bruno Schulz. Schulz was killed during World War II, leaving behind only a few works.

The novel centres around Lars Andemening, forty-something and not much of a success in life. Twice married, a very minor figure in the literary world, book reviewer for one of Sweden's lesser dailies. A war refugee Lars was raised by a Swedish couple. He has convinced himself that his father was Bruno Schulz.

Schulz allegedly wrote a novel, The Messiah, before his death, but the manuscript was lost. One of Lars' acquaintances, bookstore owner, Heidi Eklund, brings the news one day that someone has approached her with the original manuscript of The Messiah.

The owner of the manuscript also claims to be a Schulz child. Mysteries abound - is the manuscript a forgery? Who is the mysterious woman bearing it, and why does she look so much like the bookstore owner's husband?

A book concerned with identity and literature, obsession and the mundane, how to find a place in life and how to live.

Thoroughly enjoyable.
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