Dis­pos­able Man

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January 1, 2013

Set in con­tem­po­rary Berlin, Dis­pos­able Man tells the sto­ry of Max Krumm: Amer­i­can expa­tri­ate, strug­gling jour­nal­ist, and the reluc­tant descen­dant of Holo­caust sur­vivors. Krumm also suf­fers from a mys­te­ri­ous genet­ic dis­or­der: All of the men in his fam­i­ly are cuck­olds. After his Ger­man wife leaves him, Krumm falls ill and is haunt­ed by mem­o­ries of his Jew­ish past — in par­tic­u­lar, a des­per­ate post­card his great aunt once sent from the Siber­ian gulag addressed sim­ply Albert Ein­stein U.S.A.” A multi­gen­er­a­tional nov­el woven into the back­drop of rev­o­lu­tion­ary-era Rus­sia and Nazi Europe, Dis­pos­able Man tack­les endur­ing themes of loss male iden­ti­ty and the search for mean­ing. Hold­ing up a mir­ror to Gen X and mil­len­ni­als it explores today’s gen­er­a­tion of stalled dis­pos­able men as it fol­lows Krumm on a ram­bling jour­ney east through Poland into Lithua­nia where he attempts to uncov­er a fam­i­ly secret and in the process, regains his manhood.

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