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Sentence by Daniel Genis
Feb 22, 2022 | ISBN 9780525429555

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“A man does hard time with the help of literature in this striking and soulful debut. . . . By turns harrowing and mordantly funny, Genis’s account illuminates how the written word helps humanity endure in the stoniest soil.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] sharp, wry memoir. . . . The author’s voice is insightful, candid, and sometimes darkly humorous. A vivid portrait of endurance behind bars.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Genis was condemned to 10 years confinement in America’s top security prisons for demanding money from shopkeepers to support his heroin habit. His instrument of persuasion was a dysfunctional penknife. Brilliant, sensitive, Russian and Jewish, he may have been America’s most erudite prisoner. His memoir is no attention-grabbing horror story, it is an incredibly detailed and mind-blowing record of a journey through hell. Like his hero Dostoevsky, he organizes his record by subject and tells us, without a single lurid adjective, exactly how it is in the House of the Dead.”
—John Burdett, internationally bestselling author of the Bangkok 8 series

“In combining threads of immigration and incarceration, Daniel Genis has written a brave and uniquely American book.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Our County Friends and Super Sad True Love Story

“Daniel Genis’s Sentence is an immensely engaging book, full of dark humor and stunning insights on being incarcerated, but it’s true power lies in the profound depiction of one man’s quest to understand what this country is all about and find his identity and place in the world.” 
—Lara Vapnyar, New York Times bestselling author of Divide Me By Zero and other novels

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