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October 23, 2015  RSS feed

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Critically acclaimed novelist reimagines story of Holocaust hero Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest from 1944 – 1945. After he was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, Wallenberg was taken to Moscow and never heard from again.

Critically acclaimed novelist Alan Lelchuk will present “Lost in History, Rescued in Fiction,” based on his book, Searching for Wallenberg. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in Traditions Hall of the Gibbons Alumni Center at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.

The talk is free and all are welcome.

Lelchuk will retell the story and take the audience from Wallenberg’s disappearance to his coming back to life in the pages of his fictional book. Searching for Wallenberg asks the questions: Where was he held? Why didn’t his well-connected family in Stockholm save him? Who was this man, really? And, the ultimate mystery: What may have really happened to Wallenberg.

Other of Lelchuk’s novels include American

Mischief, Miriam at Thirty-Four, Brooklyn Boy, Shrinking, Miriam In Her Forties, Playing the Game, and Ziff: A Life?. He has also co-edited an anthology of Hebrew fiction in English translation, entitled Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels.

Lelchuk is a liberal arts and Jewish studies professor at Dartmouth College. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction in 1976-1977 and Fulbright Writer-in-Residence at the University of Haifa, Israel in 1986-1987.

Since 2005, he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist professor, giving seminars in fiction writing and American Literature at universities in Moscow, Berlin and Naples, Italy.

Lelchuk’s presentation is a part of the June Baumgarder Gelbart Lecture in Jewish Studies, sponsored by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Religious Studies. The program is cosponsored by the Tampa JCC and Federation’s Festival of Books & Conversations.

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