The Jew Who Was Ukrainian by Alexander J. Motyl

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   from Alexander J. Motyl

   "The Jew Who Was Ukrainian"


   How One Man's Rip-Roaring Romp through an Existential Wasteland Ended in a Bungled Attempt to Bump off the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia


   Alexander J. Motyl (b. 1953, New York) is a writer, painter, and professor. He is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian; his poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, The Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, and New York Quarterly.

   Motyl's artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.




   The Jew Who Was Ukrainian is a devilishly witty intellectual farce in which historical meditation faces off with madcap lampoons of past and present political rogues and assassins.

   Motyl's wildly imaginative riff on a century of East European history is a must read. The Moral of the Popcorn reigns!

   - Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy

   Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Russian Literature, Barnard College


   Only Alexander Motyl could conjure up this delightful mixture of ghoulish, existential madcappery with insightful, satirical brilliance. This is a fantasy for the adventuresome, geopolitical reader who's eager to have his mind bent and tickled.

   - Jed Feuer

   Composer, New York City


   This hilarious and poignant anti-historical novel is a vertiginous journey through the Russian Revolution, Stalin's purges, Nazi concentration camps, underground anarchist gatherings, and the KGB network. A great master of tragicomedy, Alexander Motyl shows with eminent irony that twentieth-century history was funnier than Joyce imagined and much more horrible than Orwell prefigured. His main character, the laughable Volodymyr Frauenzimmer, works through his excruciating guilt, split hence irreconcilable identity, and obfuscating desire to settle accounts with history. Pondering the question of whether to kill or not to kill the next Russian dictator, Volodymyr transcends the border of the real and enters a realm where infamous political terrorists and their famous victims come together to discuss the self-destructive power of hatred. This book is a cold shower for anybody who still thinks you can change history and passionate encouragement for all those confident that you can do nothing about it.

   - Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

   Associate Professor in Jewish History, Northwestern University


   Candide meets The Terminator-in the funhouse of history, ethnic prejudice, ethics. and the dysfunctional family. An intellectual thriller (camps and assassins included).

   - George G. Grabowicz

   Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University


   Alexander Motyl is a master of seduction by the preposterous.

   - Myrna Kostash

   Writer, Edmonton, Canada


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