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Signs and Wonders: A Novel

Melvin Jules Bukiet

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ISBN 10: 0312204337 / ISBN 13: 9780312204334
Published by Picador, 2000
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Title: Signs and Wonders: A Novel

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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In late 1999, in the midst of a brutal hurricane on the Baltic coast, a concrete prison barge rips free of its moorings. Of thousands of Europe's most dangerous criminals, only the twelve depraved souls in cell block 306 survive. One of the twelve is their Savior. As word spreads of the Second Coming, some think the "Messiah" is a fraud, some think he is deluded, and many, with a deep need to believe, do so. The new messiah must meet the press, the lawyers, the cops, and the swindlers, all of them vying for a piece of the action en route to the only place a modern Second Coming would occur--a theme park ruled by a rodent--as the celestial clock ticks down to '00.

Rife on the surface with Bukiet's trademark black humor and rage toward a malevolent God, Signs and Wonders seethes with incisive and courageous commentary on history, religious faith, and mankind at the end of this century.

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Praise for Melvin Jules Bukiet's previous novel, After:

"A superb sense of plot and a flair for resonant comic details." --Deborah H. Sussman, Washington Post

"Be prepared for a novel so outrageous and discomforting, so funny and shocking...too serious to be madcap, too angry to be rollicking, After is a scathing, thoroughly offensive novel that hunts taboos like a heat-seeking missile." --Floyd Skloot, Portland Oregonian

"A ferocious, animated ride through concentration camps and immediate postwar Germany...the maelstrom that is After...dares to refract a delicate subject through a prism and let the images shatter into layered reflections." --Tammie Bob, Chicago Tribune

"A big, untidy, funny, wildly extravagant novel... wonderfully involved, deeply thoughtful...After is a brilliant investigation into the possibility of moral life after recent history." --Edith Milton, Boston Globe

"After forces us to enter a world where sardonic humor and unspeakable horror perform an intricate dance over the ashes of Jewish history....A triumph of the imagination, as well as of the humane spirit." --Sanford Pinsker, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Despite its brilliant wisecracks and steely sarcasm, After is never more than a breath away from the horror of Before upon which it is predicated: genocide....An amazing book of both terror and hope." --Enid Shomer, Houston Chronicle

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