History Literature / TheYiddishPolicemensUnion

18th Sep '16 11:06:49 PM PaulA
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* DisappearedDad: Meyer Landsman's dad.


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* {{Reconstruction}}: Reconstructs traditional FilmNoir and HardboiledDetective stories by giving it a fresh setting -- an AlternateHistory version of America where a thriving Yiddish culture exists on the Alaskan frontier.
26th Jun '16 4:56:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AlternateHistory: The point of divergence occurred in 1940, when Alaskan Delegate Anthony Diamond died in a car crash, thus allowing the US Congress to implement the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slattery_Report Slattery Report]] which opened Alaska to Jewish immigration. 4 million of the 6 million Jews who would have been killed in the Holocaust fled to Alaska, creating a vibrant and sprawling community centered around Sitka. Also, Germany was nuked in 1946 and Israel was destroyed after only 6 months during the first round of the ArabIsraeliWar. Other minor examples include the fact that OrsonWelles [[DifferentWorldDifferentMovies made his film]] of ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
** Another major difference is a lengthy war between America and Cuba during the sixties.

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* AlternateHistory: The point of divergence occurred in 1940, when AlternateHistory:
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Alaskan Delegate Anthony Diamond died in a car crash, thus allowing the US Congress to implement the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slattery_Report Slattery Report]] which opened Alaska to Jewish immigration. 4 million of the 6 million Jews who would have been killed in the Holocaust fled to Alaska, creating a vibrant and sprawling community centered around Sitka. Also,
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Germany was nuked in 1946 and Israel was destroyed after only 6 months during the first round of the ArabIsraeliWar. Other minor examples include the fact that ArabIsraeliWar.
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OrsonWelles [[DifferentWorldDifferentMovies made his film]] of ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
** Another major difference is There was a lengthy war between America and Cuba during the sixties.
1st Apr '16 7:15:57 PM vtarira
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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Murder is about the uppermost possible limit of a "minor" crime, but compared to [[spoiler:blowing up the al-Aqsa mosque, aka the current third-holiest site in Islam on the site of the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, as the first step of a plot to overthrow alternate-history Palestine]], it's not so bad after all. [[spoiler:It turns out it wasn't even the perpetrators of the plot who actually shot him, either; it was the victim (who was publicly thought to be a candidate for this generation's Messiah) trying to duck out of it via assisted suicide.]]



* TheNapoleon: Willie Dick, the 4'7" tall Tlinglit cop, [[BadassBiker rides a 2/3 scale motorcycle]] and is generally described in terms that qualify him as a {{Badass}} of tall-tale proportions. Berko even {{Lampshades}} this, calling Dick "the emperor of the French."

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* TheNapoleon: Willie Dick, the 4'7" tall Tlinglit Tlingit cop, [[BadassBiker rides a 2/3 scale motorcycle]] and is generally described in terms that qualify him as a {{Badass}} of tall-tale proportions. Berko even {{Lampshades}} this, calling Dick "the emperor of the French."
12th Dec '15 12:26:38 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StylisticSuck: Alter Litvak's written messages are light on punctuation and feature the occasional grammatical error, because they're hastily jotted down while in conversation.

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* StylisticSuck: StylisticSuck:
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Alter Litvak's written messages are light on punctuation and feature the occasional grammatical error, because they're hastily jotted down while in conversation.conversation.
** Journalist Dennis Brennan's spoken dialogue verges on overly florid PurpleProse in places, because he's an American journalist who's learned to speak Yiddish without learning to speak it very well.
24th Oct '15 8:00:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Unusually for an AlternateHistory story the incumbent President of the United States is not named, nor is any description given. The reader is left to make up their own mind which conservative politician or Christian fundamentalist religious figure has risen to the top in this reality.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Unusually for an AlternateHistory story the incumbent President of the United States is not named, nor is any description given. The reader is left to make up their own mind which conservative politician or Christian fundamentalist religious figure has risen to the top in this reality.reality, if indeed it is someone we would recognise.
24th Oct '15 7:31:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ParentalAbandonment: A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor. Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous psychological issues resulting. [[spoiler: Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that letter unopened in his father's possessions, meaning he actually had nothing to do with it.]]

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* ParentalAbandonment: A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor. Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous psychological issues resulting. [[spoiler: Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that letter unopened in his father's possessions, meaning he his father never actually read it and Landsman actually had nothing to do with it.]]
24th Oct '15 7:29:22 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people.

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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could probably made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people. And those who couldn't, even if they weren't particularly dysfunctional before, certainly have reason to be now.
24th Oct '15 7:27:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people who were in touch with reality.

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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people who were in touch with reality.people.
24th Oct '15 7:26:50 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people who were in touch with reality.


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* ParentalAbandonment: A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor. Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous psychological issues resulting. [[spoiler: Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that letter unopened in his father's possessions, meaning he actually had nothing to do with it.]]
24th Oct '15 7:11:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NoodleIncident: A lot of the details of the AlternateHistory the novel is set in are alluded to, but not actually described.

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* NoodleIncident: A lot of the details of the AlternateHistory the novel is set in are alluded to, but not actually described. Some of the little tidbits that can be pieced together from hints that appear:
** The Soviet Union collapsed after a successful Nazi invasion, leading (eventually) to a Third Russian Republic.
** A major war was fought between the United States and Cuba, and appears to have been this world's equivalent to UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
** Creator/MarilynMonroe married President Kennedy (presumably [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]], although it's never actually stated) and became First Lady.
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