New York, NY (PRWEB) May 13, 2008
On Friday May 30, author Charles Patterson will be at the Jeffrey Amherst Bookshop (55 South Pleasant Street) in Amherst, Massachusetts for an hour, beginning at 2 p.m., to sign his most recent books.
He is best known as the author of the highly acclaimed Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (ISBN 1-930051-99-9), which was rejected by 83 American publishers (some of them said it was "too strong"). Following its publication by Lantern Books (New York) in 2002, it was translated into 12 more languages--Hebrew, German, French, Italian, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish. Russian and Arabic translations are also underway.
The book's title comes from the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer, to whom the book is dedicated. He was the first major modern author to describe the exploitation and slaughter of animals in terms of the Holocaust. "In relation to them, all people are Nazis," he wrote, "for animals it is an eternal Treblinka." (Treblinka was the Nazi death camp north of Warsaw.)
Eternal Treblinka examines the common roots of animal and human oppression and the similarities between how the Nazis treated their victims and how modern society treats the animals it slaughters for food.
The first part of the book describes the emergence of humans as the "master species" and how humans came to dominate the earth and its other inhabitants. The second part examines the industrialization of slaughter of both animals and humans in modern times. The last part of the book profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.
In February, 2005 a jury of 30 of the Germany's leading scholars and media figures chose Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka (ISBN 3-86150-649-1), the German edition of Eternal Treblinka, as one of the country's ten most important non-fiction books. It was honored alongside books about Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and World War I.
Patterson will also be signing his novel, Last Rites (ISBN 978-1-60145-312-9). It's the story of Tom Reed, who grows up in a church family and follows his father's footsteps into the ministry only to find out he made a big mistake.
Tom's struggle to free himself from the influence of his family and church reaches its climax in New York City in a series of "last rites" that are moving, funny, irreverent, entertaining, and very readable. It's a story that's never been told before.
"Louis Auchincloss and J.D. Salinger, move over!" wrote the Kent Quarterly (Winter '08). "Last Rites is every bit as entertaining and maybe even better written than The Rector of Justin and Catcher in the Rye."
Praise for Eternal Treblinka:
"The moral challenge posed by Eternal Treblinka turns it into a must for anyone who seeks to delve into the universal lesson of the Holocaust." -- Maariv (Israeli newspaper)
"I believe, along with many others, that it is one of the most important books of the century." -- Tanja Tuma, publisher, Ljubljana, Slovenia
"Important and timely...written with great sensitivity and compassion. I hope that Eternal Treblinka will be widely read." -- Martyrdom and Resistance (Holocaust publication), New York, USA
"It's one of the few books which totally grabs the reader, not only while reading it, but afterwards also, and probably forever...it profoundly disturbs, shocks and destroys." -- Croatian philosopher Hrvoje Juric, Zagreb, Croatia
"I have rarely read a book that made me cry. This one did. It truly is one of those books that you cannot put down. The message is haunting. The book is life changing. It has certainly changed my life. I have not stopped talking about this book. It is truly a superb work!" -- John Williamson, UK
"It is seldom that such a comprehensive work of scholarship springs from a heart of compassion in the service of a noble and necessary idea. All the ingredients of your thesis -- that the oppression of animals serves as the model for all other forms of oppression--have been available to thinking people for generations, but it remained for you to pull them together." -- Helen Weaver, author of The Daisy Sutra, USA
"I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message. " -- Dr. Jane Goodall, UK
"Eternal Treblinka should be on every list of essential reading for an informed citizenry...for the compelling comprehensiveness of the life-and-death story it tells." -- National Jewish Post & Opinion, USA
"It grips like a thriller." -- The Freethinker, UK