Lecture in language
A journalist who goes undercover when looking for the truth. Before the last presidential elections, he spent 6 months traveling the United States talking to people, trying to get under their skin to find out what they really think. The result is a book called The Lies They Tell, a mirror to the American society, full of politically incorrect humor, funny conversations but also unpleasant discoveries. Tuvia Tenenbom says what he has seen in the US is not a democracy – it is a Trumpland.
Tuvia Tenenbom is Israeli but has lived in the USA for decades. He was raised in an ultra-Orthodox family but is no longer religious nor political. He is a journalist, theater director, playwright, author, essayist and the founding artistic director of the Jewish Theater of New York, the only English-speaking Jewish theater in New York City, where he lives. His biggest readership, however, is in Germany, where he met his wife Isa, 14 years ago.
The real breakthrough in his career was the instant success of his four, to date, books. The first controversial title I Sleep in Hitler's Room is a psychological „travelogue“ from Germany that details the wide spread of modern anti-Semitism in Europe. He spent months talking to random people, pretending to be someone else, and even more months working hard to put all his findings into a book. He then repeated the same principle in Israel, resulting in the worldwide bestseller Catch the Jew! Tuvia with his blonde hair and slightly German accent traveled round Israel and, in the course of numerous interviews, he extracted information, sentiments, hidden theories and delusional visions motivating the miscellany of people forming the present-day Holy Land. The role sometimes allowed him access to different kinds of information, particularly from Palestinians and Europeans, who he felt would react better to a non-Jew.
His third and very successful book, The Lies They Tell, targets his fellow citizens, Americans, whom, as it turns out, he knew nothing about… After his latest success called Hello, Refugees!, the next thing on his plate should be Brexit. We are looking forward to hearing the voice of Great Britain.