Shalom Auslander's acceptance speech for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize
Congratulations to Shalom Auslander on winning the JQ Wingate Prize for his novel HOPE: A TRAGEDY. He wasn't able to make it to the UK to accept his first ever prize, so he sent this video instead.
Bursting with raw talent, shockingly irreverent, studded with comic brilliance and unbearable poignancy. It explored the legacy of the Holocaust for subsequent generations head-on, furiously renounced its appropriation and despaired of ever being able to escape its shadow. Its purposeful audacity and literary pyrotechnics disturbed and beguiled in equal measures. We did not consider it to be flawless, but we saluted its ambition and felt that its high risk strategy was more than justified.
Read his piece on the renowned Three Under Three list here
Picador Publisher Paul Baggaley on Hope: A Tragedy