Title Profile & Character Information

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Annotation
This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America the comic book. Inspired by their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create theEscapists,The Monitor, andLuna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men.


Awards
2001  California Book Awards
2000  New York City Book Awards
2001  ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards
2001  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameKavalier, Joe
GenderMale
OccupationArtist
TraitsJewish
Czech
Immigrant

NameClay, Sam
GenderMale
TraitsAmerican
Jewish

NameSaks, Rosa
GenderFemale
OccupationArtist

GenreHistorical
Coming of age
    --Humorous
Fiction
TopicsArtists
Cousins
World War II
Comic strips
Escapism
Love triangles
Friendship
Loss
American Dream
SettingBrooklyn, New York