The BookBrowse Review

Published June 22, 2022

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

Nein, Nein, Nein!
One Man's Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust
by Jerry Stahl
5 Jul 2022
264 pages
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Travel & Adventure
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A guided group tour to concentration camps in Poland and Germany allows Stahl to confront personal and historical demons with both deep despair and savage humor.

In September 2016, Jerry Stahl was feeling nervous on the eve of a two-week trip across Poland and Germany. But it was not just the stops at Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Dachau that gave him anxiety. It was the fact that he would be traveling with two dozen strangers, by bus. In a tour group. And he was not a tour-group kind of guy.

The decision to visit Holocaust-world did not come easy. Stahl's lifelong depression at an all-time high, his career and personal life at an all-time low, he had the idea to go on a trip where the despair he was feeling—out-of- control sadness, regret, and fear, not just for himself, but for the entire United States—would be appropriate. And where was despair more appropriate than the land of the Six Million?

Seamlessly weaving global and personal history, through the lens of Stahl's own bent perspective, Nein, Nein, Nein! stands out as a triumph of strange-o reporting, a tale that takes us from gang polkas to tour-rash to the truly disturbing snack bar at Auschwitz. Strap in for a raw, surreal, and redemptively hilarious trip. Get on the bus.

"[B]rilliant...The ghost of Hunter S. Thompson (who's invoked here) hovers in the wings, but Stahl is sui generis, with a refreshingly self-deprecatory edge...A vivid, potent, decidedly idiosyncratic addition to the literature of genocide." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[M]ordantly funny...Stahl's bewilderment at the absurd reality around him doesn't override his skillful capacity to use the 'searing gravitas' of Nazi atrocities to confront his 'own reflection in the hellhouse mirror.' Fusing provocative insights with razor-edged wit, this offers a captivating take on a haunting chapter of history." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Few have such an eye for life's perverse absurdity as Jerry Stahl, and his disturbing, hilarious, self- deprecating, and honest voice jumps off the page in Nein, Nein, Nein! There is nobody I'd rather take this gnarly journey with than Stahl, whose gonzo literary madness belies a steady, tender core." - Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir

"Jerry Stahl, whose manic self-annihilating riffs dance on the volcano-lip of the abyss, is a writer I've been quoting compulsively for twenty-five years. His voice is a hell-broth of fascinating contradictions: the king of mordant cool who writhes with anxious terrors, the professed nihilist with a scalding moral vision, the gifted ironist who really bleeds." - Christopher Goffard, writer/host of the podcasts Dirty John and Detective Trapp

Jerry Stahl is the author of ten books, including the bestselling memoir Permanent Midnight and the novels I, Fatty; Perv; Happy Mutant Baby Pills; and Bad Sex on Speed. A Pushcart Prize–winning author, Stahl's work has appeared in Vice, Esquire, the Believer, LA Review of Books, and the New York Times, among other places. He has written extensively for film and television, including HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn, Bad Boys II, and the cult classic Dr. Caligari; series credits include Maron, CSI, and Escape at Dannemora, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Stahl has taught with the InsideOUT Writers program for incarcerated youth, edited The Heroin Chronicles for Akashic Books, and appears in the documentary series San Quentin Film School. He has two daughters, and lives with artist Zoe Hansen.

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