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Peter Trachtenberg's Reviews

Reviews of Peter’s Work

Published by Salon
"Searching and often searing . . . . humane and, at the same time, . . . unsentimental. . . .The Book of Calamities is a work of real moral intricacy . . . . Trachtenberg's...
Published by O: The Oprah Magazine
"Frank and urgent . . . . Trachtenberg . . . . rais[es] complex questions about justice, malice, compassion, blame, self-pity, personal responsibility, faith, and doubt. . . . He...
Published by Publishers Weekly-- Religion Bookline
"This book is 'a layman's response' to unimaginable anguish, a collection of powerful stories rather than a philosophical treatise. Writing movingly about victims and survivors of...
7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh
Published by New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Mr. Trachtenberg is a splendid, if curious, raconteur--world-class at literate whining . . . and close to that in assuming the comical stance of aesthete/thug (collapsed veins,...
7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh
Published by SPIN
"Rendered with wit, humility, passion, and a razor-sharp perspicacity that recalls Joan Didion in her prime. Seven Tattoos combines the accessibility of fiction with the rigors of...
7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh
Published by Washington Post Book World
The artistry and humor of his wriitng, the pain of his mercilessly self-punishing insights, the relentlessness of ihs guilty misanthropy and the stream of sadness that bears them...