For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

Author(s): Nathan Englander


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.


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General Fields

  • : 9780375704437
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : February 2000
  • : 205mm X 137mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nathan Englander
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 813.54
  • : 224