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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

(1999)
A collection of stories by

 
Already sold in eight countries around the world, these nine energized, irreverent stories from Nathan Englander introduce an astonishing new talent.

In Englander's amazingly taut and ambitious "The Twenty-seventh Man," a clerical error lands earnest, unpublished Pinchas Pelovits in prison with twenty-six writers slated for execution at Stalin's command,
and in the grip of torture Pinchas composes a mini-masterpiece, which he recites in one glorious moment before author and audience are simultaneously annihilated. In "The Gilgul of Park Avenue," a Protestant has a religious awakening in the back of a New York taxi. In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man incensed by his wife's interminable menstrual cycle gets a dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute.

The stories in For the Relief of Unbearable Urges are powerfully inventive and often haunting, steeped in the weight of Jewish history and in the customs of Orthodox life. But it is in the largeness of their spirit-- a spirit that finds in doubt a doorway to faith, that sees in despair a chance for the heart to deepen--and in the wisdom that so prodigiously transcends the author's twenty-eight years, that these stories are truly remarkable. Nathan Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for Auschwitz and in a deft imaginative twist turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way; he takes an elderly wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. Again and again, Englander does what feels impossible: he finds, wherever he looks, a province beyond death's dominion.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is a work of stunning authority and imagination--a book that is
as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad, and that heralds the arrival of a profoundly gifted new
storyteller.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 1-4177-0908-1 / 978-1-4177-0908-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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April 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: For Relief of Unbearable
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 0-676-54953-5 / 978-0-676-54953-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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March 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 0-375-40492-9 / 978-0-375-40492-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 0-571-20131-8 / 978-0-571-20131-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 0-375-70443-4 / 978-0-375-70443-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2000 : UK Perfect Paperback
Title: For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 0-571-20188-1 / 978-0-571-20188-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd.
Availability: Amazon CA   

May 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Author(s): Nathan Englander
ISBN: 0-571-19691-8 / 978-0-571-19691-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

April 2007 : USA Audio CD
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Author(s): Various (Narrator) Nathan Englander (Author)
ISBN: 1-4159-3809-1 / 978-1-4159-3809-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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March 2007 : UK Audio edition
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (Short Story): A Short Story from 'For the Relief of Unbearable Urges'
Author(s): Nathan Englander
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2007 : USA Audio edition
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories
Author(s): Nathan Englander
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

June 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Author(s): Nathan Englander
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories
Author(s): Nathan Englander
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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