Philippe Halsman: ‘The Jump Artist’

The Jump Artist is a novel by Austin Ratner, based on the life of photographer Philippe Halsman. Originally published by indie press Bellevue in 2009, the novel won this year’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and has now been acquired by Penguin, reports The Bookseller.

“The Jump Artist is evocative psychological fiction based on the true, and largely unknown, story of renowned photographer Philippe Halsman, a man Adolph Hitler knew by name, who Sigmund Freud wrote about in 1931, and who put Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Life magazine.  Surviving an episode that presages the horrors of WWII, Halsman transforms himself from a victim of rampant anti-Semitism into a purveyor of the marvelous.”

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