Upon its initial release the book received enthusiastic reviews particularly in The Times stating that Foer had "staked his claim for literary greatness." Nevertheless, in a Huffington Post article titled "The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers," Anis Shivani criticized the work as "harmless multiculturalism for the perennially bored" and claimed that "a more pretentious 'magical realist' novel was never written." The Ukrainian reviewer Ivan Katchanovski lamented in his article from The Prague Post that the book misrepresents the history of Jews in Ukraine and that the factual history of the massacre at Trachimbrod "...stands in a sharp contrast to claims made in the book." The 1942 massacre nevertheless, is a known historical fact.
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