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February 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
A Darkly Comic and Deeply Moving Memoir of a New York City Lost to Time, from the Author of the Bestselling John Lennon Bio Nowhere Man
From the final days of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the mid-1950s to the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Bobby in Naziland is an unsentimental journey through one Brooklyn neighborhood. Though a 20 minute and 15-cent subway ride from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, Flatbush remained provincial and working-class―a place where Auschwitz survivors and WWII vets lived side by side and the war lingered like a mass hallucination.
Meet Bobby, a local kid who shares a shabby apartment with his status-conscious mother and bigoted father, a soda jerk haunted by memories of the Nazi death camp he helped liberate. Flatbush, to Bobby, is a world of brawls with neighborhood “punks,” Hebrew-school tales of Adolf Eichmann’s daring capture, and grade-school duck-and-cover drills. Drawn to images of mushroom clouds and books about executions, Bobby ultimately turns the seething hatred he senses everywhere against himself.
From a perch in his father’s candy store, Bobby provides a child’s-eye view of the mid-20th-century American experience―a poignant intertwining of the personal and historical.
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About the Author:
Robert Rosen is the author of the international bestseller “Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon,” the memoir “Bobby in Naziland: A Tale of Flatbush,” and the investigative memoir “Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography.” His work has appeared in such publications as Mother Jones, The Soho Weekly News, The Independent, Uncut, and Proceso. He lives in New York City.
Visit Robert Rosen’s website at robertrosennyc.com.