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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories
Author: Nathan Englander
ISBN 13: 9780375704437
ISBN 10: 375704434
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2000-03-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 205
List Price: $15.00

One of the most stunning literary debuts of our time, these energized, irreverent, and deliciously inventive stories introduce an astonishing new talent.

In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute. "The Wig" takes an aging wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. In "The Tumblers," Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for the death camps and, in a deft, imaginative twist, turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is a work of startling authority and imagination--a book that is as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad. It hearalds the arrival of a remarkable new storyteller.

San Francisco Chronicle - David Wiegand

His debut collection of unforgettable stories establishes his voice as unique.