The Jump Artist

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  • The Jump Artist
  • Austin Ratner
  • English
  • 06 August 2019
  • 1934137154

About the Author: Austin Ratner

The Jump Artist Epub À The Jump PDF/EPUB or jump mobile, artist epub, The Jump pdf, The Jump ArtistThe Jump Artist KindleAustin Ratner s first novel, The Jump Artist, won the Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature His next novel, In the Land of the Living, is forthcoming from Reagan Arthur Little Brown The Jump PDF/EPUB or in Before turning to writing he received his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and he is co author of the textbook Concepts in Medical Physiology He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two sonsAustin Ratner s facebook page.


The Jump ArtistThe Jump Artist Epub À The Jump PDF/EPUB or jump mobile, artist epub, The Jump pdf, The Jump ArtistThe Jump Artist KindleThe story begins in September , when Halsman and his father were hiking in the Tyrolean Alps While Halsman went ahead on the trail, his father was attacked and murdered The Jewishyear The Jump PDF/EPUB or old would be falsely accused of killing his father The Jump Artist follows his life story from the murder and trial in Austria, into the depths of Halsman s despair in prison, to his rise in Paris and New York as one of the world s most renowned photographers.

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10 thoughts on “The Jump Artist

  1. Reese says:

    Having just finished Austin Ratner s THE JUMP ARTIST, I could give in to the temptation to add another rating to its ratings and avoid the challenge of reviewing it But the work is important enough to be reviewed This takes me to the overwhelming question And how should I begin THE JUMP ARTIST is a book that does not have to be studied to be appreciated, yet it is a book that ought to be studied I read it I have not studied it So how should I presume to review it Borrowing pieces o Having just finished Austin Ratner s THE JUMP ARTIST, I could give in to the temptation to add another rating to its ratings and avoid the challenge of reviewing it But the work is important enough to be reviewed This takes me to the overwhelming question And how should I begin THE JUMP ARTIST is a book that does not have to be studied to be appreciated, yet it is a book that ought to be studied I read it I have not studied it So how should I presume to review it Borrowing pieces of T.S Eliot s Prufrock seems not altogether inappropriate since Ratner s use of quotations as epigraphs to chapters may call to mind Eliot s use of quotations They orient us, and they suggest that Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past Burnt Norton 1.1 3 Perhaps is perhaps the second most useful word in any attempt to discuss THE JUMP ARTIST, the word not being perhaps the most useful THE JUMP ARTIST is not biography, but the epigraphs prevent us from forgetting that it is also not fiction Philippe Halsman, the subject of the book, does remind me of young war devastated characters in some of Hemingway s short stories and if Ratner s writing style were less poetic, less exquisite, I might have believed someone who handed me passages from THE JUMP ARTIST and told me that the work was Hemingway s At times, I might also have accepted the lie that I was reading some work by Joyce that I ve not read Ratner in a sense, a jump artist does not offer just biography or history or fiction or poetry or photographs or music he gives us art I can omit the word perhaps when I say, THE JUMP ARTIST is art It has speed bumps Read it slowly Don t jump over the beautiful And don t miss certain truths without divine intervention, nothing but a photo stops time a photo is a place where art and fact meet each of us IS an island some, not all, islands have opportunities to choose between staying in the world for now and leaving it forever

  2. Grady says:

    An Absorbing, Literate, Impressive Debut Novel Austin Ratner joins the ranks of physicians turned writers Rabelais, Keats, Chekhov, Somerset Maugham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Carlos Williams, Michael Crichton, Khaled Hosseini, etc in this very impressive debut novel THE JUMP ARTIST, a fictionalized biographical novel of Philippe Halsman, considered to be one of the world s top 10 photographers Ratner proves himself to be not only a fine investigative historian, but also a writer adep An Absorbing, Literate, Impressive Debut Novel Austin Ratner joins the ranks of physicians turned writers Rabelais, Keats, Chekhov, Somerset Maugham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Carlos Williams, Michael Crichton, Khaled Hosseini, etc in this very impressive debut novel THE JUMP ARTIST, a fictionalized biographical novel of Philippe Halsman, considered to be one of the world s top 10 photographers Ratner proves himself to be not only a fine investigative historian, but also a writer adept at exploring several languages and countries and enhancing the character perception of some very famous people And he accomplishes this with a gift for story telling that promises he will be around for a significant new career THE JUMP ARTIST, a title given to Halsman as a photographer who achieved complex demands on celebrities who served as his models Everyone jumps quite literally when Halsman commands But to understand this gifted photographer s approach to his art, author Ratner takes us back to Halsman s childhood when in 1929 he was accused and abruptly imprisoned for the death of his father an unsolved incident when Halsman was hiking with his father, his father fell and died, and circumstantial evidence real or placed lead to an anti Semitic kangaroo court convicting him of murder patricide Released from prison with tuberculosis and a broken spirit, Halsman s family and friends and nurse him back to health and Halsman discovers the art of photography, moves to Paris, and becomes gradually and with the backing of such celebrities as Andre Gide and Albert Einstien becomes a renowned photographer Between the anti Semitism that flooded Europe during and after World War II Halsman proved himself not only a survivor of his self imposed guilt but also his surviving the purge of Jews Ratner makes his writingsolid by using quotes form the famous people in Halsman s life story For example, he introduces his book with Andre Gide s statement fiction is history which MIGHT have taken place, and history is fiction which HAS taken place Later in the book, when Halsman is photographing Gide he adapts the language of Gide to further create his drama Some people speak of finding oneself..but most people don t know what that means, They think of themselves as a mystery to be found out But no one is a mystery Everyone is what they always were The courageous thing is to be who one always was and to find in the world those people and places that are like oneself Ratner unfolds his story slowly, carefully, rich with atmospheric descriptions of settings from the filth and agony of prisons to the beauty of the Alps and the excitement of the streets of Paris It all comes together to enhance our understanding of a man we know only as a famous photographer in a novel whose title not only recalls the jump technique of a camera genius, but also the jump accident of his father that started it all This is fine writing and a solid introduction to another physician novelist Grady Harp

  3. Lobstergirl says:

    Austin Ratner s novel is the fictionalized story of the real life Philippe Halsman, a Latvian Jew accused of killing his father on a hike in the Austrian Alps in 1928, his two trials, and his eventual freedom and escape to the U.S as war begins, helped by the efforts of Varian Fry and Albert Einstein He went on to have a storied career photographing the world s biggest celebrities Einstein, Churchill, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe but, the book suggests, the trauma inflicted by both the circ Austin Ratner s novel is the fictionalized story of the real life Philippe Halsman, a Latvian Jew accused of killing his father on a hike in the Austrian Alps in 1928, his two trials, and his eventual freedom and escape to the U.S as war begins, helped by the efforts of Varian Fry and Albert Einstein He went on to have a storied career photographing the world s biggest celebrities Einstein, Churchill, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe but, the book suggests, the trauma inflicted by both the circumstances of his father s death, and being unjustly accused of it, never left him.Halsman, while not an entirely likable character, is a very sympathetic one Any adolescent who has ever written something nasty about his parent in diaries or letters will be haunted by the way Halsman s innocent but ungracious words are twisted into something monstrous Help I am being dragged across the entire length of the Alps, wrote Halsman to his girlfriend shortly before his father s death I can t stand another minute of this forced march In the midst of the hike, Halsman s father sets off into the brush to relieve himself Halsman next sees his father s body beginning to fall through the air He assumes he has suffered a heart attack the body is found lying face down in a stream Dr Karl Meixner, the deeply anti Semitic forensic pathologist who performs the autopsy, finds wounds to the head and determines that Halsman has killed his father with a stone In a repulsive attempt at gratuitous intimidation, Meixner shows Halsman his father s head in a jar a white organ the size of a pot roast The head will make a repeat appearance at Halsman s trial.The epigraphs before each chapter, including excerpts from letters and journalistic accounts, bring us back from the realm of the partially imagined to real history The Halsmann trial shows all who wish to see the massive influence and cohesion of Jewry The Jew is master of the German people quotes a Nazi placard from Innsbruck during the second trial Particularly fascinating is an excerpt from Sigmund Freud s memorandum The Expert Opinion in the Halsmann Case, in which Freud, recruited by Halsman s defenders, asserts that precisely because it is always present, the Oedipus complex is not suited to provide a decision on the question of guilt The language of the novel is vivid and poetic something said by a witness at one of the trials caused a quick reflex in the rumor monster, which siphoned air across its many gills and filled the courtroom again with whispering A slideshow of some of Halsman s most iconic works

  4. Sarah Funke says:

    Compelling idea, executed in an original and thoughtful way Some beautiful writing, to boot I recommend this for anyone who likes DeLillo or Nabokov, for starters Also anyone who likes books thoughts photography Freud the Dreyfus affair A River Runs Through It Oh, hell, just get yourself a copy He thought he saw a flower in her hair, but then saw it was just an empty glove in the hand of the woman sitting behind her Philipp watched the motes of dust sliding into the small patch of Compelling idea, executed in an original and thoughtful way Some beautiful writing, to boot I recommend this for anyone who likes DeLillo or Nabokov, for starters Also anyone who likes books thoughts photography Freud the Dreyfus affair A River Runs Through It Oh, hell, just get yourself a copy He thought he saw a flower in her hair, but then saw it was just an empty glove in the hand of the woman sitting behind her Philipp watched the motes of dust sliding into the small patch of sunlight up by the window, like fireflies igniting, then diving back into the extinguishing gloom Maybe he would be free soon He would buy Ruth an ice cream at the Brandenburg Gate It was as though an odor of childhood had escaped through some rent in time from some bright winter afternoon in Riga with apple pie steam curling upward from the waxed table I like that you knit, he said He liked schoolmarmish women who cited Balzac and knitted and understood suffering and showed him their naked lower abdomens But perhaps you should try knitting with your pants on to avoid such entanglements

  5. Marvin says:

    This very literary novel is based on an obscure incident in the life of renown photographer Philippe Halsmann In 1928, Halsmann was falsely accused and tried for the murder of his father The incident, then known as the Austrian Dreyfus Affair revealed a rampant Antisemitism which was only starting to boil into the rise of Hitler and the resulting atrocities of World War Two The Jump Artist follows Halsmann through the trial, his despair, and his recovery and triumph Austin Ratner does this This very literary novel is based on an obscure incident in the life of renown photographer Philippe Halsmann In 1928, Halsmann was falsely accused and tried for the murder of his father The incident, then known as the Austrian Dreyfus Affair revealed a rampant Antisemitism which was only starting to boil into the rise of Hitler and the resulting atrocities of World War Two The Jump Artist follows Halsmann through the trial, his despair, and his recovery and triumph Austin Ratner does this with a stunning talent for descriptive writing and an ability to dig into the soul and pain of the main character The tale is not only mesmerizing but a joy to read due to the skillful use of language It is peppered with actual quotes from witnesses of the events Yet this is not a non fiction work but a fictional account in which the author is most interested in the individual struggles of the protagonist The Jump Artist is easily the best new novel I have read in 2009

  6. Jennifer says:

    I found this book to be difficult to put down It was suspenseful, heart wrenching, and thought provoking I really became attached to Philippe and thought he was a very well developed character I appreciate the author s use of symbolism and imagery He has crafted an excellent read based around an actual event.I would have loved to have heardof his sister s story what an amazing, persistent force but recognize that this was Philipe s and his father s tale I think I will be thinking ab I found this book to be difficult to put down It was suspenseful, heart wrenching, and thought provoking I really became attached to Philippe and thought he was a very well developed character I appreciate the author s use of symbolism and imagery He has crafted an excellent read based around an actual event.I would have loved to have heardof his sister s story what an amazing, persistent force but recognize that this was Philipe s and his father s tale I think I will be thinking about Philip for sometime and the injustice that marked his entire life and in reality shaped who he became.I won this title from Goodreads and I am glad I had the chance to discover a book I may not have discovered on my own Thank you

  7. Jill says:

    The Jump Artist has so much promise that it pains me to give it less than 5 stars In the opening author s note, Austin Ratner quotes Andre Gide Fiction is history that might have taken place, and history is fiction which has taken place Using that definition, The Jump Artist is based on history Philipp Halsmann, a 22 year old Jewish Latvian young man, joins his father for a hike in the Tyrolean Alps His father temporarily wanders off and is murdered Despite woefully lacking evidence, Phi The Jump Artist has so much promise that it pains me to give it less than 5 stars In the opening author s note, Austin Ratner quotes Andre Gide Fiction is history that might have taken place, and history is fiction which has taken place Using that definition, The Jump Artist is based on history Philipp Halsmann, a 22 year old Jewish Latvian young man, joins his father for a hike in the Tyrolean Alps His father temporarily wanders off and is murdered Despite woefully lacking evidence, Philipp is falsely accused and jailed.The ensuing story taking up about half of the book boggles the mind In the anti Semitic Austria of the late 1920s, Halsman is convicted not just once but twice a foreshadow of the horrific excesses of Nazism As Halsmann s lawyer states, The values that matter here are not the values of Jews or Latvians or Russians or Poles or Swiss or French The values that matter here are Austrian values, and we value the truth or we have nothing We may mean well, but without the truth, we could murder our own flock out of fears of mange, when the real culprit may be a wolf Halsmann s miscarriage of justice attracts the attention of intellectuals the world over, including Albert Einstein Indeed, the opening of each chapter incorporates true quotations from Halsmann and other key protagonists in this sorry situation.Had I stopped half way through, I would have rated this book with the highest star rating But the second half of the book then moves on to Halsmann s post jail life as a famous photographer Philipp Halsman becomes a well known portrait photographer of luminaries that include Marilyn Monroe His character becomes surprisingly inert I did not gain a sense of Halsmann s own internal struggles after such a life scarring event rather, Halsmann Philippe Halsman after arriving in France , seems like a one dimensional character and there s little sense of connection with his readers.I suspect that Austin Ratner relies too heavily on the research not unlike, say, Cold Mountain, which in my mind was similarly inert I wanted Mr Ratner to dig deeper into the man who was determined to succeed despite the damning label of patricide and the knowledge of the world s cruelties I almost felt as if I were reading two books

  8. Deborah Paris says:

    This is a fantastic book It is a combination of a great literary work, a thriller, a psychological study, and an historical novel offering insight into a period that was the precursor to the holocaust Phillipe Halsman, who is known as a photographer of Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, among others, had a painful and complicated history before his successful life Falsely accused of murder by the anti semitic powers in Austria in 1928, his tri This is a fantastic book It is a combination of a great literary work, a thriller, a psychological study, and an historical novel offering insight into a period that was the precursor to the holocaust Phillipe Halsman, who is known as a photographer of Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, among others, had a painful and complicated history before his successful life Falsely accused of murder by the anti semitic powers in Austria in 1928, his trial, considered the Austrian Dreyfus case, altered his life This fictionalized imagining of Halsman s inner and outer life is a tremendous psychological study of guilt, innocence, and shame How Halsman constructs a future from such a difficult past is rivetting and uplifting And the writing is absolutely beautiful I can t recommend this book strongly enough

  9. Susan (aka Just My Op) says:

    I had known of Philippe Halsman as a photographer but knew nothing of his personal life until I read The Jump Artist, a novel based on research into his life Still, the book does not claim to be a biography, and the author has fleshed out the basic facts with his interpretation of Halsman s thoughts and deeds Halsman was accused of murdering his father while they were hiking together in the Tyrolean Alps, and spent time in prison He was Jewish and lived in a very dangerous time and place duri I had known of Philippe Halsman as a photographer but knew nothing of his personal life until I read The Jump Artist, a novel based on research into his life Still, the book does not claim to be a biography, and the author has fleshed out the basic facts with his interpretation of Halsman s thoughts and deeds Halsman was accused of murdering his father while they were hiking together in the Tyrolean Alps, and spent time in prison He was Jewish and lived in a very dangerous time and place during the rise of Hitler, the victim of anti Semitism, quite obvious in his trials Philippe had a conflicted relationship with his father, as many young men do After the murder of his father, he became depressed and self destructive and he pushed away all the people who loved him The book is well written, with some beautiful language There are interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter and foreign language phrases that are not always translated For me, some of the sentences didn t make sense until I read further A bit of the writing was almost stream of consciousness, especially that involving sea life As to how he became a photographer, I appreciated the quote at the gallery they asked me how I became a photographer and I said it happened as a girl sometimes becomes a prostitute doing it first for herself, then for friends, and finally for money The book was not dumbed down to make it a happy, light read Even though this is a short novel, it is a serious book There is a retrospective of Halsman, including some of his fabulous portraits, at

  10. Eleanor says:

    This is an amazing book each chapter starts with a quote that pertains to the chapter a quote from many different sources the first one is absolutely exquisite These quotes show how smart this author really is and how much work he s done on the book masterful just that aspect of the book The writing is wonderful the descriptions of a young man unfairly accused of loss, of solitude of strength and of weakness is this a historical fiction Is this a psychological study i This is an amazing book each chapter starts with a quote that pertains to the chapter a quote from many different sources the first one is absolutely exquisite These quotes show how smart this author really is and how much work he s done on the book masterful just that aspect of the book The writing is wonderful the descriptions of a young man unfairly accused of loss, of solitude of strength and of weakness is this a historical fiction Is this a psychological study is this I don t know what this is but I can say it s one of the best books I ve read in a long, long time I think every chapter or two could be the basis of a book club discussion it s very, very rich in so many ways I can usually knock off a book every few days but this one took me a very long time because I had to think about what was happening google the actual events the book is based on even though it s a fictional account , then think about it someand then I had to savor the writing