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Katz or Cats or How Jesus Became My Rival in Love by Curt Leviant

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Katz or Cats or How Jesus Became My Rival in Love by Curt Leviant

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Katz or Cats or How Jesus Became My Rival in Love by Curt Leviant

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Katz or Catsor How Jesus Became My Rival in Love follows John, a book editor who meets an enigmatic man named Katz on his daily commute into New York. True to form, Katz has a book to pitch—not his own, but his brother’s, also named Katz.  The novel begins with another meeting on another train: brother Katz chances on a woman named Maria, who carries a pocket Bible and is missing the top digit of her ring finger.

The two embark on a whirlwind affair, alternately driven together and apart by their passion for each other and Maria’s religious fervor. But the story seems to change as soon as Katz tells it, and Katz himself has a great confession to make.  As the lies that bind the tale together grow to new proportion, John comes to doubt the line between truth and fiction, as well as everything he thinks he knows about the man beside him on the train.

With the lyrical joy and lighthearted wordplay that have won him critical acclaim, Curt Leviant’s latest novel explores the very fabric of storytelling and whether life, like fiction, can be in constant flux.


“Both a moving tribute to Franz Kafka and a story of fate and miracles, gathering events that span nearly a century and that are marked by small wonders and grand deceptions....Kafka’s Son is a novel of uncommon beauty, both sharp in its humor and thick with ethical conundrum.”
—Jewish Book Council

“Breathtaking!...Leviant’s magic lantern superbly recreates Kafka’s now-forgotten Prague, a city that resembles a shadow play theater where everything is possible. As to whether or not Kafka had an heir, the answer is obvious. His name is Curt Leviant.”
LIRE Magazine

“A true literary success. Here Prague reveals itself as a magical, bewitching, mysterious, perplexing city. Kafka’s Son is a fascinating novel that, once finished, tempts you to take the first plane to Prague carrying a pile of Kafka’s books.”
Art Press (France)


CURT LEVIANT is author of ten critically acclaimed works of fiction. He has won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award and writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerusalem Foundation, the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, and the New Jersey Arts Council. His work has been included in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and other anthologies, and praised by two Nobel laureates: Saul Bellow and Elie Wiesel. With the publication of Curt Leviant’s novels into French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Rumanian, Polish and other languages, reviewers have hailed his books as masterpieces and compared his imaginative fiction to that of Nabokov, Borges, Kafka, Italo Calvino, Vargas Llosa, Harold Pinter, and Tolstoy.