The Jew of New York
A novel by Ben Katchor.
Katchor's other strips, most of which have appeared in the Forward and in other newspapers, have been collected in the volumes Cheap Novelties (1991) and two others named for his famous character, Julius Knipl (1996 and 2000); his works have been translated into many languages, including French, Italian, and Japanese. Much of Katchor's fame owes to a sympathetic profile in the New Yorker in 1993; he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000, and maintains a website at http://www.katchor.com.
The list of worthwhile Jewish graphic novels of note has grown quickly and expands further every year. A few places to start would be Peter Kuper's adaptations of Kafka in Give It Up! (1995) and The Metamorphosis (2003), James Sturm's The Golem's Mighty Swing (2001), J. T. Waldman's Megillat Esther (2005), Harvey Pekar's The Quitter (2005), Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds (2007), and Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat (2005) and Klezmer (2006). Also see The Jewish Graphic Novel (2008), an academic study of the field.
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