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By Boris Fishman

A singularly proficient author makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and occasionally hilarious tale of a failed journalist requested to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for outdated Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.

Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ''didn't endure within the distinctive way'' he must have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German executive has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. yet undergo he has—as a Jew within the conflict, as a second-class citizen within the USSR, as an immigrant in the United States. So? Isn't his grandson a ''writer''?

High-minded Slava desires to positioned all this immigrant-scraping at the back of him. basically the yank dream isn't panning out for him: Century, the mythical journal the place he works as a researcher, wishes not anything larger from him. Slava desires to be an accurate, innocent American—but he desires to be a lionized author even more.

Slava's flip because the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that no longer each truth is a fact and never each lie a falsehood. It takes greater than law-abiding to turn into an American; it takes a similar self-reinvention at which his humans excel. Intoxicated and unmoored via his innovations, Slava dangers publicity. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that at last provides him a feeling of domestic in America—but no longer prior to accumulating a long-lasting cost from his family.

A alternative existence is a gloomy, relocating, and wonderfully written novel approximately relatives, honor, and justice.

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2006a: 5–6) Apart from the lack of studies focusing upon the multi-dimensional aspects of the mobile phone as a cultural index for power relations both at a micro, interpersonal level and at a macro, supra-national and transnational level, there are other overt gaps in the field of mobile communication research. In particular, why has the role of mobile phone cultures and practices been relegated to the domains of ‘social’ activity, without engaging in its role in producing cultural, nation and transnational meanings and implications?

Despite this gendered formation, the pivotal role of gender in the domestication of the technology into a cultural and social practice has been marginalised in the literature, with researchers preferring to emphasise the ‘youth’ aspects and relegating gendered customisation to the realm of fashion (Katz & Sugiyama 2005; Fortunati 2005a, 2005b, 2005c) or motherhood (Matsuda 2007). This is surprising given the often subversive ways in which female users in the region have transformed the technology through innovative social and Locating the mobile 27 cultural practices (Fujimoto 2005; Matsuda 2005; Hjorth 2003a, 2003b).

By focusing on arising gendered consumption practices in mobile technologies, and by recognising that these technologies can operate as conduits for localised practices in the face of globalisation, this book aims to provide insights into the ways in which the region is reconfiguring itself both internally and trans-culturally within globalisation. Locating the mobile 21 Indeed, as pioneers in mobile communications globally, the region’s various production centres have seen this technological development, and the politico-economic power it secures, translated into forms of cultural capital both within and outside the Asia-Pacific.

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