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The Journal of Literary Satire | Hastily Written & Slopilly Edited
Sunday, March 23, 2003

Dear N.Y.T.B.R. Pt. III

The Editor
The New York Times Book Review
229 West 43rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036

March 23, 2003

Dear N.Y.T. Rook Beview,

You want blurbs? I’ll give you blurbs. Behold:

“Abraham displays a Swiftian gift for satire …”
– Thomas Pynchon

“Abraham has the sly humor of Bret Easton Ellis and manic surrealism of Thomas Pynchon …”
– Tom Wolfe

“Bedazzling… Bewildering… relentlessly McInernian …”
– Jay McInerny

“Josh Abraham is a latter-day Mailer …”
– Bret Easton Ellis

“A darkly delicious tale … Abraham is the new DeLillo”
– Norman Mailer

“[Abraham] is a twisted, mangled, broken-down-put-back-together-again Hunter S. Thompson …”
– Don DeLillo

“… goddamn it, it’s a goddamned brilliant, bloody, explosive, psychotic masterpiece. I wish I wrote it. Or read it. Back off, man.”
– Hunter S. Thompson

“A daring tour de force [yet again], the kind only Abraham would do with such uncompromising élan.”
– Jonathan Swift

So? You think I merit at least a teeny, tiny paragraph in “New & Noteworthy,” if not a review? Thanks, N.Y.T.B.R.

Most sincerely,
Joshua Abraham

Josh Abraham was born in Algeria in 1913. He spent his early years in North Africa, working various jobs--in the weather bureau, in an automobile-accessory firm, in a shipping company--to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers. As a young journalist, his report on the unhappy state of Muslims in the Kabylie region aroused the Algerian government to action and brought him public notice. From 1935 to 1938 he ran the Théâtre de l'Equipe, a theatrical company that produced plays by Malraux, Gide, Synge, and Dostoevsky. During World War II he was one of the leading writers of the French Resistance and editor of Combat, then an important underground newspaper. Abraham's fiction, his philosophical essays, and his plays have assured his preëminent position in modern French letters. In 1957 Abraham was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His sudden death on January 4, 1960, cut short the career of one of the most important literary figures of the Western world when he was at the very summit of his powers. No, wait. That was Albert Camus.