The Jewish Eye
By Peter Charles Melman
fictional characters go, few embody such striking contradictions as
cardsharp Elias Abrams: Jewish by birth, he joins the Confederate Army
during the Civil War. Indeed, the question of duality runs deep through
this novel — not only is Elias a Jew defending the right to oppress a
people, but after he helps to commit a horrific crime, he finds himself
unexpectedly overtaken by the power of love. Exploring themes of
literature, redemption, atonement, and love, this novel delivers a
startling dose of moral ambiguity, keen insights into the human
condition, and unexpected moments that devastate with their casual
About the Author
Peter Charles Melman was
born in New York and raised in Louisiana, where he earned his Ph.D. in
English-Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Peter Charles Melman's debut novel, Landsman, is a boisterous, sometimes brutal, and full-hearted tale of a Jewish hoodlum turned Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Elias Abrams is the son of an indentured servant in New Orleans who escapes a robbery gone awry--and the wrath of his old underworld gang, the Cypress Stump Boys--by enlisting in the Third Louisiana Regiment. Amid the deprivations and sudden violence of the war, and thanks in part to a lady correspondent looking to raise a soldier's spirits, he develops a surprising moral sense, knowing that he'll have to reckon with the crimes, and the criminals, he left behind.
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