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Zachary Lazar searches for meaning in 'I Pity the Poor Immigrant'
Zachary Lazar searches for meaning in 'I Pity the Poor Immigrant'

Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire"-era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire there under the country's Law of Return. It's hardly the most celebrated era in Lansky's life, but Lazar was going for something other than the obvious. "The initial idea of this book was to put Meyer Lansky in the same room as King David from the Bible," Lazar said via Skype from his home office in New Orleans. "That was such a crazy idea it was nearly a ludicrous one." And yet...

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