J. Michael Dolan
At the age of twelve, Dolan read the iconic I Cannot Forgive by Rudolf Vrba, and has been a dedicated student of the Holocaust since. For reasons that elude him today, though, he never thought of writing about it.
A wanderer in his youth, he has lived in many places, some of them exotic, where he combined the education only travel can give with that of the written word to produce a variety of short stories and articles.
Upon revisiting a piece of history he'd all but forgotten, however, and finding to his surprise it still lacked the book it deserved, he decided to write that book. The result is his remarkable The Trumpets of Jericho: A Novel.
At present Dolan lives between San Antonio and Austin, enabling him, he says, "to make the most of both great cities." Taking a break from the horrors of the Holocaust but not the fertile ground of Jewish history, he is currently researching a novel set in the Roman-occupied Palestine of the 1st century A.D.
The Trumpets of Jericho: A Novel
TTOJ is the first book, and only novel, devoted in its entirety to the defiant 1944 Jewish uprising at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, and the just as inspiring account of the four young female conspirators arrested and savagely tortured by the Gestapo during the investigation that followed.
As an architect of the rebellion, Roza Robota, arguably the greatest Jewish heroine to come out of the Holocaust yet all but unknown to this day, is brought to vivid and long-overdue life. Meet her and the rest of the heroes, and villains, in this epochal saga that will both thrill and horrify you at the heights and depths our unpredictable kind is capable of reaching.
In Trumpets, J. Michael Dolan has produced a work that he believes will stir you as deeply as its subject has him. In conjunction with bringing this epic tale to light, he explores, among other themes, religion and the existence of God, the psychology of genocide, friendship and romantic love, sexual and other pathologies, the nature of good and evil, right and wrong.
"As moving as Schindler's List, horrific as Son of Saul, heroic as The Grey Zone.... an adventure destined itself for Hollywood." ~ Raja-Rao Literary Endowment