Title Profile & Character Information

The Lazarus Project

Annotation
"On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe to Chicago, knocked on the front door of the home of George Shippy, the Chicago chief of police. When Shippy came to the door, Lazarus offered him what he said was an important letter. Instead of taking the letter, Shippy shot Lazarus twice, killing him. Shippy released a statement casting Lazarus as a would-be anarchist assassin and agent of foreign political operatives, leaving Lazarus's sister, Olga, bereaved and stranded at the center of a city and a country simmering with ethnic and political tensions." "Now, in the twenty-first century, a young writer in Chicago, Brik, also from Eastern Europe, becomes obsessed with Lazarus's story - what really happened, and why? In order to understand Lazarus Averbuch, Brik and his friend Rora - who overflows with stories of his life as a Sarajevo war photographer - retrace Lazarus's path backward across Eastern Europe, through a history of pogroms and poverty, and through a present day of cheap mafiosi and cheaper prostitutes. The stories of Lazarus and Brik become inextricably entwined, augmented by the photographs that Rora takes on their journey, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel."--BOOK JACKET.

Awards
2008  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2008  New York Times Notable Books of the Year

Characters
NameShippy, George
GenderMale
OccupationPolice chief

NameBrik, Vladimir
GenderMale
OccupationWriter
TraitsBosnian
American

NameRora
GenderMale
OccupationPhotographer
TraitBosnian

GenreFiction
Historical
TopicsImmigrants
Jews
Murder
Racism
Writers
Photographers
Journeys
SettingChicago, Illinois
Illinois