‘Hope: A Tragedy’ by Shalom Auslander
After a move upstate, a couple finds a foul, elderly Anne Frank holed up in their attic in this biting existential debut
Jewish saint, martyr and representative of the six million dead, Anne Frank has been consecrated as the stand-in for all the Jewish men, women, and above all, children, murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust. The temptation to pull Anne Frank down from her pedestal, to reduce her from symbol to human being, has to be only too tempting for satirists and would-be provocateurs. Following in the footsteps of Philip Roth, who made Anne a refugee and would-be author in “The Ghost Writer,’’ Shalom Auslander has crafted an Anne Frank whom no one would confuse for a martyr or a saint.