The condo board dictators

Paul Goldberg’s latest novel is a slapstick send-up of the Trump era set in a Florida retirement community.

April 5, 2018 15:55
4 minute read.

Illustrative. (photo credit: ZACH FOLZENLOGEN/TNS)


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The Chateau, Paul Goldberg’s new novel, begins a few days before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Goldberg’s hero, William M. Katzenelenbogen, a 52-year-old science writer for The Washington Post, has been fired for insubordination. His college roommate, Dr. Zbigniew Wronski, a plastic surgeon known as the “Butt God of Miami Beach,” has fallen or jumped to his death from a 43rd-story balcony at the Grand Dux Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. And Melsor Yakovlevich Katzenelenbogen, Bill’s octogenarian father, a larger-than-life poet, Russian refusenik, and perpetrator of Medicare fraud, is engaged in a titanic struggle over “special assessments” with the Russian-Jewish officers of the board of the Chateau Sedan Neuve Condominium Association.

Before he is done, Goldberg (a journalist, whose first novel, The Yid, appeared in 2016, and who has written books about human rights in the Soviet Union and the American healthcare system) will satirize, among other topics, Trump’s America, crime, kleptocracy, fascism and Florida.


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