The Canvas

by Benjamin Stein


Fiction from Open Letter Books
Translated from German

Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has a singular construction—its two inter-related narratives begin at either end of the book and meet in the middle.

“A novel as suspenseful as it is complex.”
—Deutsche Welle TV

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novel | paperback| 330 pages

Amnon Zichroni, a psychoanalyst in Zurich, encourages Minsky to write a book about his traumatic childhood experience in a Nazi death camp, a memoir which the journalist Jan Wechsler claims is a fiction. Ten years later, a suitcase arrives on Wechsler’s doorstep. Allegedly, he lost the suitcase an a trip to Israel, but Wechsler has no memory of the suitcase, nor the trip, and he travels to Israel to investigate the mystery. But it turns out he has been to Israel before, and his host on the trip, Amnon Zichroni, has been missing ever since…

A mind-bending investigation of memory, identity, truth, and delusion, The Canvas is the publishing event of the year, a novel whose meaning depends on the order in which it is read.

Translated from the German by Brian Zumhagen

About the Author: Benjamin Stein was born in East Berlin in 1970. He has worked as an editor and correspondent for various computer magazines and has been a corporate It advisor since 1998. He owns the author-run publishing house Edition Neue Moderne and writes the literary weblog “Turmsegler.” Benjamin Stein is married with two children and lives in Munich.

“Benjamin Stein’s The Canvas is a riveting work of literature. Its many layered complexity and linguistic elegance defy categorization. This book can be read as a literary detective story as well as a subtle psychological novel.”
—Jüdische Zeitung

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