Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. One night in 1939, Josef Kavalier shuffles into his cousin Sam Clay's cramped New York bedroom, his arduous and nerve-wracking escape from Prague finally achieved - with the help of his mentor, the master illusionist Kornblum. But little does he realise that this uneasy first meeting is the start of an extraordinary friendship and even more fruitful business partnership. Together, they create a comic strip called The Escapist, its superhero a Nazi-busting saviour who liberates the oppressed around the world with his Golden Key. The Escapist makes them their fortune and their name, but, as the situation worsens in Europe, Joe can only think of one thing; how can he effect a real-life escape, and free his family from the tyranny of Hitler? Two unforgettable characters bound together by love, family and cartoons, their dazzling stories and their journeys will live on in the mind of every reader long after the final page is turned.