The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir

The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir

Midwest Book Review

"An impressively skilled and original storyteller of the first order, Susan Daitch's The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir is a unique, compelling and deftly crafted read from beginning to end. While unreservedly recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists."--Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review

"A List of Especially Memorable Fiction and Nonfiction from 2016"
Dec 27, 2016

Evan Lavender-Smith describes The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir as a "ridiculously riveting archaeological adventure novel."


"Inventing History at the Brooklyn Book Fest: SFC Today"
Sep 21, 2016
- SFC Today

The Complete Review
Aug 31, 2016

"[An] entertaining archaeological dig into lost worlds and identities."—M.A. Orthofer, The Complete Review

The Modern Novel
Aug 12, 2016

"[the] thinking person's post-modernist Indiana Jones . . . a highly intelligent and very well-written novel."—John Alvey, The Modern Novel

Lit Reactor
Aug 9, 2016

"The joy of Suolucidir lies in the characters that Daitch creates. From the Nieumachers, a married couple of adventurers living a lie to Ryder Congreaves, who leaves his family to descend into poverty while he scours the desert for the elusive city, this book is packed with the fascinating, the weird and the obsessed. That's the mystery: why we devote so much effort to the past, when the future is really all we have. You won’t find an answer to that question in this book, but you’ll enjoy the process of not getting an answer immensely."—Cath Murphy, Lit Reactor

Essay on LitHub
Aug 3, 2016

"An Incomplete Atlas of Fantastic Maps: Susan Daitch on Literature's Attempt to Map the Countries Yet to Come" by Susan Daitch

Booklist Onlie
Jul 21, 2016

"An archaeological mystery becomes a vehicle for imaginative storytelling and metafictional commentary in Daitch's intellectually lively novel and a long-lost (possibly fictitious) Central Asian city. . . . rewards persistent readers with rich, clever fantasy."—Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

"100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction" in Book Riot
Jul 15, 2016

Susan Daitch's The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir is including at # 35, close to 36, which she explains has Kabbalistic significance.  Daitch is joined on the list by Elie Wiesel, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, Philip Roth, among many other luminaries.

Interview with Bomb Magazine
Jul 21, 2016

The New Yorker
Jul 15, 2016

"Susan Daitch's latest novel, The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir, recounts the search for a mythical city said to have been tucked between the borders of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Daitch traces the journeys of its seekers and obsessives, who dig through archived records and ancient scrolls. . . . The author's prose is rich with winking allusions and sendups of modern tomb-raiding tropes, down to an explorer with 'a long stiff braid down her back.’"—The New Yorke

Interview with Susan Daitch in Shelf Awareness
Jul 6, 2016
- Shelf Awareness

New York Journal of Books

" . . .  cerebral, satirical, and entertaining archaeological thriller . . . this richly crafted and handsomely written novel rewards rereading."—David Cooper, New York Journal of Books

Sacramento Bee Summer Reading List
Jun 19, 2016

Allan Pierleoni includes The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir in his summertime reading list: "Grand adventure is the companion to the 'archaeologists, speculators and unsavory character' who over the centuries searched for the mythical city buried beneath sand and time somewhere in present-day Iran."

- Sacramento Bee

Poets and Writers Magazine features Susan Daitch's novel
Jun 1, 2016
- Poets and Writers Magazine

Foreword Reviews

"Daitch's novel is Indiana Jones for the introspective crowd—a continual, thrilling, and harrowing search for historical treasures."—Michelle Anne Schingler

"Excerpt on Brooklyn Quarterly"
Apr 21, 2016
- Brooklyn Quarterly

"Book Excerpt on"
Dec 15, 2015

Read an excerpt from Susan Daitch's forthcoming novel.

- Berfrois

Publishers Weekly

"Daitch's fantastically fun novel has shades of Umberto Eco and Paul Auster and is brainy, escapist fiction at its best. Structured like a Russian nesting doll, the book conceals several overlapping tales centered on the search for the mythical lost city of Suolucidir. The novel begins with grad student Ariel Bokser's present-day search for the city, located somewhere in modern day Iran. The book then shifts to the heart of its story, the so-called Nieumacher papers, an inheritance from Ariel’s father (a consulting mineralogist for a mining company) that relates the narrative of Sidonie and Bruno Nieumacher’s quest for Suolucidir, beginning in 1936. The Nieumachers are a husband and wife; he’s a rare book forger and she’s a law student, and they are fleeing the West as much as they are searching in the East for Suolucidir. Setting off under the guidance of Bruno’s former Berlin professor, now a black market profiteer, the duo brave adversity to find the lost city, dodging British agents and Russian spies. The book then shifts further back in time to the story of Hilliard and Congreaves, two mismatched British explorers who met at the Possum Club, an explorer society, and who set off in 1914 in search of fabled fortune and instead encounter their fate. Daitch has constructed an intricate, absorbing narrative. The novel is like a Scheherazade tale, never quite giving the reader time or reason to pause. What exactly is Suolucidir? Lost city of the Hebrew tribes? A stand-in for colonialism’s heart of darkness? Wisely, the MacGuffin remains elusive. As one character says, 'Invisible cities sometimes leave no trace of themselves. Who knows what cities lay under our feet?" Perhaps Suolucidir is real, and still out there, awaiting discovery.'"