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EBOOK ☆ EPUB Iphigenia in Forest Hills ¶ 9780300167467 ¸ JANET MALCOLM ¸ Astringent and absorbing Iphigenia in Forest Hills casts from its first pages a genuine spell — the kind of spell to which Ms Malcolm’s admirers and I am one have become addicted—Dwight Garner New York TimesShS suspenseful and exciting as a detective story with all the moral and intellectual interest of a great novel Iphigenia in Forest Hills is another dazzling triumph from Janet Malcolm Here as always Malcolm’s work inspires the best kind of disuiet in a reader the obligation to think Jeffrey Toobin author of The Nine Inside the Secret World of the Supreme CourtA remarkable achievement that ranks with Malcolm's greatest books Her scrupulous reporting and interviews with protagonists on both sides of the trial make her own narrative as suspenseful and exciting as a detective story with all the moral and intellectual interest of a great novel Jeffrey Rosen author of The Supreme Court The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined Ameri The real villain of the piece is not the husband or the wife or the wife's family or the husband's family but the absurdities and incidentals of the supposed 'justice' system They wrap up the trial because the Judge is scheduled to be in the Caribbean Some utter nutjob conspiracy theory lawyer is charged with deciding a four year old child's future It's wonderfully written but it is a tragedy through and through

Iphigenia in Forest HillsS suspenseful and exciting as a detective story with all the moral and intellectual interest of a great novel Iphigenia in Forest Hills is another dazzling triumph from Janet Malcolm Here as always Malcolm’s work inspires the best kind of disuiet in a reader the obligation to think Jeffrey Toobin author of The Nine Inside the Secret World of the Supreme CourtA remarkable achievement that ranks with Malcolm's greatest books Her scrupulous reporting and interviews with protagonists on both sides of the trial make her own narrative as suspenseful and exciting as a detective story with all the moral and intellectual interest of a great novel Jeffrey Rosen author of The Supreme Court The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined Ameri The real villain of the piece is not the husband or the wife or the wife's family or the husband's family but the absurdities and incidentals of the supposed 'justice' system They wrap up the trial because the Judge is scheduled to be in the Caribbean Some utter nutjob conspiracy theory lawyer is charged with deciding a four year old child's future It's wonderfully written but it is a tragedy through and through

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Iphigenia in Forest Hills ê Ld blood he was given custody of Michelle for inexplicable reasons It is the Dickensian ordeal of Borukhova's innocent child that drives Malcolm's inuiryWith the intellectual and emotional precision for which she is known Malcolm looks at the trial a contest between competing narratives from every conceivable angle It is the chasm between our ideals of justice and the human factors that influence every trial from divergent lawyering abilities to the nature of jury selection the malleability of evidence and the disposition of the judge that is perhaps most strikingSurely one of the most keenly observed trial books ever written Iphigenia in Forest Hills is ultimately about character and reasonable doubt As Jeffrey Rosen writes it is a Agamemnon had angered the goddess Artemis by bragging that he was a better hunter To punish him she becalmed his fleet as he attempted to reach Troy and defeat that city in battle Desperate for victory Agamemnon promised he would do what ever Artemis desired if his fleet could move on to Troy Artemis agreed to send the wind to fill the sails of his fleet if Agamemnon killed his daughter Iphigenia Agamemnon sent a message to Clytemnestra telling her to bring Iphigenia to him so that she could be wed to Achilles When mother and daughter arrive Iphigenia dies and Agamemnon sails to Troy Upon his return Clytemnestra kills him for the loss of IphigeniaIPHIGENIA IN FOREST HILLS is a simpler story In this case Iphigenia is Michelle Malakov a four year old caught in a divorce and custody battle that could not end well Michelle was the daughter of Daniel Malakov a very successful orthodontist in ueens New York and Mazoltov Borukhova a very successful internist Until the birth of Michelle family members described the couple as very much in love Daniel was a romantic and he adored his wife a woman of formidable intelligence and will Daniel and Mazoltov known as Marina were Bukharan Jews having emigrated from an area of the Soviet Union that disappeared after the break up of the USSR Instead of enriching the family Michelle’s birth ended it because Marina would not share her daughter with anyoneA divorce was inevitable and it was one of the worst the judge or the lawyers on both sides had had to deal with Marina was her own worst enemy; her arrogance when uestioned in court led for a reason not explained to Daniel being given custody of Michelle with Marina allowed visitation Neither parent had asked for custody; both had assumed Michelle would live with Marina and Daniel would have a degree of shared custody But when the judge gave Daniel custody the death of the father became an inevitabilityDaniel and Marina came from a religious culture in which men and women did not choose their marital partners Arranged marriages were the responsibility of matchmakers who would present potential partners to the parents of the intended couple and then to the two people most involved Both the Malakov and Borukhova families did not want Daniel and Marina to marry although the specifics of that are not given in the book But Daniel and Marina marrying within months of meeting flouted that convention two people in a modern world without the tools necessary to navigate itOn the morning of October 28 2007 Daniel Malakov left his office to bring Michelle to the playground at the local elementary school in order for her to spend time with her mother As Daniel stood next to Michelle a man stepped forward took a gun out of the pocket of his jacket and shot Daniel in the chest Within moments Daniel was dead Marina took her daughter and ran an instinctive reaction to get the child away from the murder scene and the body of her father The man with the gun was Mikhail Mallayev Marina’s cousin by marriage who had come from Georgia after agreeing to kill Daniel for 2000000The subtitle of the book by New Yorker author Janet Malcolm is “Anatomy Of A Murder Trial” The book is only 155 pages and its focus is the trial so there isn’t any information about the police investigation Even a person without any legal background can see significant mistakes made by both sides and some rulings by the judge that should have led to a mistrial or a successful appeal But both of the accused were found guilty and even Alan Dershowitz could not prevail at the appeal The book is worth reading because of its candid snapshots of how the system does and doesn’t work As the author puts it “She couldn’t have done it and she must have done it”To some degree Malcolm gives a glimpse of life in the very closed community of the Bukharan Jews The trial brought a great deal of publicity to a group who keeps carefully to themselves Daniel and Marina were well educated and were apparently aware of society outside their community This is not true for many other groups of the most conservative branches of Orthodox Jews For two years I taught secular studies at a private school for Orthodox girls who would attend “seminary” for one year after graduation from high school and who then would be married to young men chosen by their parents They had no knowledge of the outside world Newspapers and television were not allowed in their homes and secular studies teachers were very restricted in the topics which could be discussed in class The girls did not know about the attacks on 911 Marina Bukharov was allowed a much wider world and she used the information from the wider world to have her husband killedThe Iphigenia in Forest Hills did not lose her life but her mother killed her father albeit a step removed in order to get what she wanted Whether in mythology or in ueens both girls were pawns TEXT ↠ Iphigenia in Forest Hills × Janet Malcolm

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Janet Malcolm × Iphigenia in Forest Hills READER Astringent and absorbing Iphigenia in Forest Hills casts from its first pages a genuine spell the kind of spell to which Ms Malcolm’s admirers and I am one have become addicted Dwight Garner New York TimesShe couldn't have done it and she must have done it This is the enigma at the heart of Janet Malcolm's riveting new book about a murder trial in the insular Bukharan Jewish community of Forest Hills ueens that captured national attention The defendant Mazoltuv Borukhova a beautiful young physician is accused of hiring an assassin to kill her estranged husband Daniel Malakov a respected orthodontist in the presence of their four year old child The prosecutor calls it an act of vengeance just weeks before Malakov was killed in co “In life no story is told exactly the same way twice As the damp clay of actuality passes from hand to hand it assumes different artful shapes We expect it to Only in trials is making it pretty euated with making it up” Janet Malcolm Iphigenia in Forest Hills Janet Malcolm’s Iphigenia in Forest Hills is short and sleek and polished to a high gleam In terms of technical precision its “anatomy” of a New York City murder trial in 2009 is a flawless example of the craft of true crime journalism Artfully structured with a fractured chronology that bounces around in time filled with devastatingly glib character assessments and dotted with well honed sentences designed to land with maximum impact Iphigenia in Forest Hills has an air of impeccability about it I enjoyed it immensely finishing it in the course of a day Yet for all that it started to fade from memory almost as soon as I closed the covers for the last time Starting life as a New Yorker article Iphigenia in Forest Hills covers the murder trial of Mazoltuv Borukhova and Mikhail Mallayev Both were implicated in the murder of orthodontist Daniel Malakov Borukhova’s estranged husband Mallayev was the supposed hitman gunning down Malakov in a park as he was set to exchange physical custody of his four year old daughter with his wife Borukhova a doctor was accused of hiring Mallayev The motive as Malcolm discusses – in a rather infuriating trip into Family Court – was a judge’s apparently random decision to remove the little girl from her mother’s home and place her with her father Malcolm is a fantastic writer known for delivering lines with punch and verve Iphigenia in Forest Hills is no exception She is consistently readable even – perhaps especially – when she is making incredibly broad assertions about the legal system based wholly on her own anecdotal observations Some might find it off putting the way she casually tosses off her weighty conclusions but I rather liked it I don’t want to read an anonymous book I want to read a book by an author who has a certain style a certain attitude You don’t need to read Malcolm’s name on the cover to know when you’ve stumbled onto her work As I noted above Malcolm does not hew to a linear chronology Instead the first page starts with the defense putting Borukhova on the stand to testify in her own defense From there she loops back then jumps forward all a little dizzyingly but never in such a way that you lose sight of the process For me the highlights of Iphigenia in Forest Hills were Malcolm’s thumbnail sketches For instance she writes of the prosecutor He is a short plump man with a mustache who walks with the uick darting movements of a bantam cock and has a remarkably high voice almost like a woman’s which at moments of excitement rises to the falsetto of a phonograph record played at the wrong speedIn his winter outerwear – a black calf length coat and a black fedora – he could be taken for a Parisian businessman or a Bulgarian psychiatristOf the judge a prosecutor friendly jurist she pithily notes Hanophy is a man of seventy four with a small head and a large body and the faux genial manner that American petty tyrants cultivateThough I came for the zingers I stayed for Malcolm’s perceptiveness She followed the trial closely and her descriptions of the big moments – the cross examination of an expert witness; key rulings made by the judge; a rushed closing statement – ring true For all its ualities though Iphigenia in Forest Hills lacked something ineffable Malcolm connects with just about every blow she sets out to unleash yet they fail to generate anything resembling a lasting impact One reason I suspect is that neither the two defendants nor the victim come across as likeable or sympathetic Mallayev the triggerman is an inert lump his fractured English like a parody of a Russian mobster Borukhova the desperate mother – an enraged Clytemnestra in Malcolm’s formulation – is manipulative and strange The victim Malakov is barely mentioned and we see him only indirectly through the allegations against him by Borukhova that he was a domestic abuser a pedophileMalcolm’s inability to humanize these three is partly a function of their backgrounds As Russian immigrants who were also Bukharan Jews they were only partly assimilated and separated by the barriers of an orthodox religion and the necessity for a translator Partly though they just don’t seem like super great people The families especially make compassion difficult Both the Borukhovas and the Malakovs cultivated dark grudges against each other To a certain extent this makes sense On the other hand there comes a time when you start to wonder if there is any grief at all beneath all that anger Both sides lack the ability to recognize a tragedy; instead they see only a vendetta Another issue I had with Iphigenia in Forest Hills is that it felt reported rather than lived Immediately before picking this up I read Joe McGinniss’s Fatal Vision which Malcolm famously dissected with an extremely sharp literary scalpel Fatal Vision has massive flaws flaws that are embodied by its author With that said there is no doubting the effort that McGinniss made to bore deep into his subject case There is no such depth on display here The best true crime burrows into the heart and soul of humankind The best true crime recognizes that most criminals are frighteningly similar to us Not monsters but fellow travelers fated to journey on a darker path The best true crime corrals powerful emotions the aching mystery of an unsolved crime; the anxiety inducing need to free an innocent man; the weighty ever long melancholia of a murder victim’s family Iphigenia in Forest Hills did not spark any emotional response from me There is much in it to admire but it is too cold too distant to be really memorable