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From Michael Chabon, Noir and Niftorim in the North

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From Michael Chabon, Noir and Niftorim in the North

From Michael Chabon, Noir and Niftorim in the North

From Michael Chabon, Noir and Niftorim in the North

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Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Steven Henry/Getty Images hide caption

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