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Drawing on a number of well-tried realist conventions, it tells an American-Dream story of underdog success and unfolds a social-historical portrait that pays a nostalgic tribute to life in New York City in the s and s. At the same time, its recourse to the fantastic leans even more decisively towards the marvellous than the Trachimbrod narrative in Everything is Illuminated does. If my arrangement of texts has followed a logic of receding prominence of postmodernist aesthetic strategies, this comes along with an increasingly distinct separation of the two stances. The gothic narrative at the core of House of Leaves relies heavily on an invocation of the mimetic stance in order to effect fantastic hesitation. The use of magic realism in Everything is Illuminated largely eschews such mimetic truth claims but still insists on and arises from its anchor in reality. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
Consequently, important issues such as the moral role of fiction, the relationship of imagination to history, and the contemporary use of Jewish myth in representing the Shoah have been largely elided.
They are the new bearers of Shoah representation. But what does it mean to look back from a distance of three score years and ten? How do third generation authors represent the Shoah when they lack personal memory of the Jewish catastrophe? In short, third generation works represent the Holocaust through indirect means, as Jessica Lang argues in her insightful article "The History of Love, the Contemporary Reader and the Transmission of Holocaust Memory.
Furthermore, third generation authors view the Holocaust "as an indirect part of the narrative, one balanced by other, also important histories" I add that these works tend to be inflected by the use of magical realism and motifs from Jewish myth, folklore, and mysticism. Chabon's novel is, however, a significant departure from Nicole Kraus's The History of Love both in terms of distancing the Holocaust from American concerns and in the way it represents the Shoah.
His "survivor," Joseph Kavalier, is a refugee who does not have firsthand experience of the camps.
Furthermore, unlike Kraus's protagonist, Kavalier does not write a book. Rather, he draws over two thousand pages of the adventures of "The Escapist," an action hero based on the golem.
Consequently, rather than confronting the horrors of the Holocaust, Chabon's protagonist seeks to escape them.
The magazine features Sammy and Joe's character, the Escapist , an anti-fascist superhero who combines traits of among others Houdini, Captain America , Batman , the Phantom , and the Scarlet Pimpernel.
The Escapist becomes tremendously popular, but like talent behind Superman, the writers and artists of the comic get a minimal share of their publisher's revenue. Joe and Sammy are slow to realize that they are being exploited, as they have private concerns: Joe is trying to help his family escape from Prague and has fallen in love with the bohemian Rosa Saks, who has her own artistic aspirations; while Sammy works to find his sexual identity and seeks progress in his professional and literary career.
For many months after coming to New York, Joe's drive to help his family shows through in his work, which remains violently anti-Nazi despite his employer's concerns. In the meantime, he spends more and more time with Rosa, appearing as a magician in the bar mitzvahs of the children of Rosa's father's acquaintances, even though he sometimes feels guilty for distracting himself from fighting for his family.
After multiple attempts and considerable monetary sacrifice, Joe ultimately fails to get his family to the States, his last attempt having resulted in putting his younger brother aboard a ship that was destroyed by a German U-boat.
Distraught and unaware that Rosa is pregnant with his child, Joe enlists in the navy, hoping to fight the Germans. Instead, he is sent to a secluded naval base in Antarctica. After a faulty chimney fills the base with carbon monoxide , Joe emerges from this interlude the lone survivor from his station.
When he makes it back to New York, he is ashamed to show his face again to Rosa and Sammy. He squats in a hideout in the Empire State Building , known only to a small circle of magician-friends. Tracy's movie-star good looks initially intimidate Sammy, but later they fall in love.
When Tracy is cast as The Escapist for the film adaptation, he invites Sammy to move to Hollywood with him, an offer that Clay accepts.
But later, when Tracy and Sammy go to a friend's beach house with several other gay couples, the private dinner is raided by the local police as well as two off-duty FBI agents. All of the men at the party are arrested, except for two who hide under the dinner table, one of whom is Sammy.
The FBI agents use their authority to sexually abuse Sammy and the other man. After this episode, Sammy decides that he can't live with the constant threat of being persecuted and breaks off his relationship with Tracy.
Some time after Joe leaves, Sammy marries Rosa and moves with her to the suburbs, where they raise her son Tommy in what outwardly appears to be a traditional nuclear family. Sammy and Rosa cannot hide all their secrets from Tommy, however, who manages to take private magic lessons in the Empire State Building from Joe for the better part of a year without anyone else's knowledge.
Tommy is instrumental in finally reuniting the Kavalier and Clay duo, which works with renewed enthusiasm to find a new creative direction for comics. Joe moves into Sammy and Rosa's house. Shortly afterwards, Sammy's homosexuality is revealed on public television. This further complicates the attempts of Rosa, Sammy, and Joe to reconstitute a family.