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Adam Mansbach author of ‘The Golem of Brooklyn: A Novel’
November 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A hilarious, satirical, and poignant reimagination of the golem, whose justice-seeking adventure takes him through modern-day bodegas, sitcoms, and fast food as he and his creator wrestle with questions of existence and Jewish identity—from the bestselling author of the Go the F*ck to Sleep series. Len is a Brooklyn art teacher with a large amount of clay. Naturally, he does what anyone in his position would do: gets high and forms a golem. Once complete, his nine-foot-six, four hundred-pound creation comes to life. Unable to communicate with The Golem in Yiddish, Len enlists the help of bodega clerk Miri, unknowingly beginning a hero’s journey bridging centuries past and the unfortunate present. The Golem learns English from watching Curb Your Enthusiasm and begins to consider his existence. How could a non-prophet bring him back to life? Who was he brought back to destroy? Who is trying to kill the Jews? Miri responds quickly, and their road trip finds its fateful destination. The Golem in Brooklyn is a zany, clever, candid commentary on antisemitism and the dream of its eradication.
This project is part of the Cleveland Jewish Book Festival and was funded in part by an Ohio Humanities Ignite Grant.