Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch

The author of  historical novels ranging in setting from medieval England, to World War II Budapest, to the Jim Crow American South, Simone Zelitch traveled to former East Germany and Israel/Palestine and studied at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute while writing Judenstaat.   She teaches at  Community College of Philadelphia, and writes in the summer, mostly.   For more information about the author and her work, go to



SKU: 9781629637136
Author: Simone Zelitch
Publisher: PM Press/ Spectacular Fiction
ISBN: 9781629637136
Published: 1/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 336
Subjects: Science Fiction/Alternate History


Judenstaat uses the technique of alternate history to offer biting commentary on modern Israel, on the post–Cold War era in which we live, and on religion and nationhood.”
—Cory Doctorow, coeditor of Boing Boing and author of Little Brother

“The glory of Simone Zelitch’s page-turning alternate history is the uncanny precision with which she has deftly transformed the threads of actual events into the stunning new fabric of her novel.”

“Zelitch has had the courage, the wit, and the skill to imagine an alternate history of the Jews of Europe after World War II.”
—John Crowley, World Fantasy Award–winning author of Little, Big

“With wit and grace, Simone Zelitch draws the collective grief of the generations living in the shadow of the Holocaust. Part mystery, part ghost story, her smart, politically savvy alternative history explores the growth of a nation and the secrets of the major players involved.”
—Kit Reed, author of Where

“Israel in Europe! What a rich, provocative idea—and what a writer to take it on, with the imagination, heart, and depth it deserves.”
—Terry Bisson, author of Any Day Now

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