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Compulsion: A Novel (English Edition) An acclaimed roman clef that holds up as a landmark legal thriller Publishers WeeklyMeyer Levins astonishingly good novelAs psychological thriller and as courtroom drama, Compulsion has few peers it ascends to a Dostoyevskian level Tom Nolan, The Wall Street JournalIn many ways, Compulsion is a period piece, but its ability to communicate the horror of this famous crime gives it a lasting power Adam Kirsch, Tablet MagazineAn unforgettable, heart wrenching story of murder Mary Lignor, Suspense MagazinePaying close attention to historical detail, Compulsion is a deftly crafted novel that documents author Meyer Levin as a particularly gifted storyteller that will keep his readers total engaged from beginning to end Midwest Book ReviewNearly a century after this crime of the century, Levins tale in this new edition, with a foreword by OJ prosecutor turned novelist Marcia Clark is no less gripping or disturbing JTAPraise for Meyer Levin s Compulsion Before In Cold Blood, before The Executioners Song, Meyer Levins Compulsion was the standard bearer for what we think of as the nonfiction novelThough this trial took place in , the book raises issues pertaining to society and our justice systemsuch as popular biases, groupthink, and the inherent, perhaps unfixable, flaws in our legal systemthat are as much in evidence today as they were back then Marcia Clark from the foreword If only for its rightful place in American literary history, Compulsion is worth reprinting But it is also valuable because of its authors novelistic giftsa convincing portrait of two brilliant psychopaths, a narrative capacity for a spellbinding tale, an authentic depiction of the s Chicago moral and political landscape Compulsion is a credible portrait of an era, and an early example of an infamous crime turned into compelling fiction Alan Lelchuk, author of American MischiefThough Truman Capote claimed to have invented a new literary genre with In Cold Blooda form he called the nonfiction novelthat distinction truly belongs to Meyer Levin For nearly a century now, the Leopold and Loeb case has maintained a firm hold on the popular imagination, generating histories, movies, stage dramas, even musicals and comic books Of this seemingly endless stream of retellings, Levins lightly fictionalized masterpieceso true to reality that Leopold himself famously sued the authorremains the most gripping, psychologically penetrating, and purely readable account of one of Americas most sensational crimes Harold Schechter, author of The Mad Sculptor The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook the NationCompulsion is a lost star in the pantheon of Americas golden age of Jewish fiction its re release should be welcomed by all Despite prejudices and misconceptions about homosexuality that are inseparable from the time in which the story is set and in which it was written , Levin brilliantly dissects the human heart in this classic of psychological realism a remarkably sympathetic portrait years ahead of its time Its call for mercy instead of punishment, compassion instead of retribution, is one of the most powerful things Ive ever read Michael Lavigne, author of Not MePraise for previous editions of Compulsion Compulsion is a masterly achievement in literary craftsmanship Erle Stanley Gardner, The New York TimesA graphic and absorbing reconstruction of the crime of the century The Saturday ReviewA book that can take its place with Dreisers An American TragedyLevin succeeds brilliantly in creating high suspense in his fictional retelling New York Herald TribuneCompulsion is a significant and moving work For, as one of the driven sufferers in Crime and Punishment puts it, though we do talk a lot of trash, and I do too, yet we shall talk our way to the truth at last In his concern for his story, and in his understanding of the importance of the crime and the trial, Levin is writing his way to the truth He has given us an important novel Charles Shapiro, The NationJudd Steiner and Artie Straus have it all wealth, intelligence, and the world at their feet as part of the elite, upper crust Jewish community of s Chicago Artie is handsome, athletic, and popular, but he possesses a hidden, powerful sadistic streak and a desire to dominate Judd is a weedy introvert, a genius who longs for a companion whom he can idolize and worship Obsessed with Nietzsches idea of the superhuman, both boys decide to prove that they are above the laws of man by arbitrarily picking and murdering a Jewish boy in their neighborhoodThis new edition of Meyer Levin s classic literary thriller Compulsion reintroduces the fictionalized case of Leopold and Loeb once considered the crime of the century to a new generation This incisive psychological portrait of two young murderers seized the imagination of an era and is generally recognized as paving the way for the first non fiction novel Compulsion forces us to ask what drives some further into darkness, and some to seek redemptionHeartbreaking as it is gripping, Compulsion is written with a tense and penetrating force that led the Los Angeles Times to call Levin, the most significant Jewish writer of his times

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