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Nazis, Gay Sex and Esperanto

It seems hardly credible that New York urban planning, entomology, Nazi memorabilia, boxing, Esperanto and the lifeless English city of Milton Keynes could combine — with a myriad of other obscurities, both historical and fictitious — into a coherent 200 page novel.

That they do — and to the extent of winning the prestigious Goldberg Prize for Fiction to be awarded on March 14 — is testament to the panache and narrative vigor of the debut novelist Ned Beauman. “Boxer Beetle” follows the exploits of a diminutive Jewish boxer from London’s East End in the interwar years from the point of view of 21st-century Kevin Broom, a nerdy sufferer of trimethylaminuria.

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