Zachary Lazar graduated from Brown University, has been a Fellow at The Provincetown Fine Arts Works Center, and received the Iowa Writer's Workshop's James Michener/Copernicus Society Prize. His first novel, "Aaron Approximately," was published in 1998.
Zachary Lazar is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. He lives in New Orleans, where he is on the creative writing faculty at Tulane University.
This focus on Lansky and the others seems in keeping with Hannah's notion of creating "a memoir without a self." And the contemporary novelist's practice of using whatever means possible to tell an engaging story with personal, historical and political dimensions. Although these days you can pick up any number of new novels that focus on the lives and antics of historical figures - from to the four wives of - the tradition of using historical figures in American fiction goes all the way back to Melville, I think, and his introduction in 1855, of as a character in his post-"" novel "Israel Potter: His First Fifty Years of Exile." In the hands of a writer as gifted as Zachary Lazar, the technique still seems new.