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Austin Ratner
Austin Ratner's debut novel, The Jump Artist, received the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and was featured in Publishers Weekly as one of ten promising debuts of 2009. Before turning his focus to creative writing, Ratner received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and... show more

Austin Ratner's debut novel, The Jump Artist, received the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and was featured in Publishers Weekly as one of ten promising debuts of 2009. Before turning his focus to creative writing, Ratner received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and co-authored the textbook Concepts in Medical Physiology. He is the recipient of a 2011 Sun Valley Writers' Conference Fellowship and his work has been honored with the Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Fiction. Ratner grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, has attended the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two sons. Visit his web site: www.austinratner.com
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Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 2 years ago
The Jump Artist, Austin RatnerThis is the story of Phillip Halsmann, a Latvian Jew who, in 1929, was condemned falsely for the murder of his father while on a hiking trip in the Tyrolean Alps, in Western Austria. Convicted by a Kangaroo Court of liars and anti-Semites, not once, but twice, when they...
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it 9 years ago
I received an ARC from the author for reviewing purposes. Since I loved his first novel, [b:The Jump Artist|5784001|The Jump Artist|Austin Ratner|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1354903044s/5784001.jpg|5955936], I must admit my expectations were high. I was not disappointed...Their father peddled certa...
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it 12 years ago
This very literary novel is based on an obscure incident in the life of renown photographer Philippe Halsmann. In 1928, Halsmann was falsely accused and tried for the murder of his father. The incident, then known as the "Austrian Dreyfus Affair" revealed a rampant Antisemitism which was only starti...
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