In the tradition of the great immigrant sagas, The Lion Seeker brings us Isaac Helger, son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, surviving the streets of Johannesburg in the shadow of World War II. Are you a stupid or a clever? Such is the refrain in Isaac Helger’s mind as he makes his way from redheaded hooligan to searching adolescent to striving young man on the make. Meanwhile, South Africa’s history, bound up with Europe’s but inflected with its own accents - Afrikaans, Zulu, Yiddish, English - begins to unravel.
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