It’s 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist
who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled
off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler’s Prague. He’s looking
to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His
cousin, Brooklyn’s own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the
heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape:
the comic book.
Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, Kavalier
and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and the otherworldly Mistress of the
Night, Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked
by powerful ties to both men. The golden age of comic books has begun, even as
the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe.
The Amazing Adventures
of Kavalier & Clay is a stunning novel of endless comic invention and
unforgettable characters, written in the exhilarating prose that has led
critics to compare Michael Chabon to Cheever and Nabokov. In Joe Kavalier,
Chabon, writing “like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate
webs of words that ensnare the reader” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times), has created a hero for the century.
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