• Title: Zur Linderung Unerträglichen Verlangens Erzählungen
  • Author: Nathan Englander
  • ISBN: 9783630621357
  • Page: 169
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  • Zur Linderung Unertr glichen Verlangens Erz hlungen Kraftvolle Geschichten ber den Irrwitz des Lebens k hn treffsicher brillantMit diesen neun Erz hlungen wurde Nathan Englander als j hriger in den USA zum Star der Literaturszene Mit seiner scharfe
    Kraftvolle Geschichten ber den Irrwitz des Lebens k hn, treffsicher, brillantMit diesen neun Erz hlungen wurde Nathan Englander als 28j hriger in den USA zum Star der Literaturszene Mit seiner scharfen Beobachtungsgabe und seinem schwarzen Humor nimmt der junge Autor den j dischen Alltag aufs Korn, ob in New York oder in Jerusalem, in Russland oder in Polen, und erz hlKraftvolle Geschichten ber den Irrwitz des Lebens k hn, treffsicher, brillantMit diesen neun Erz hlungen wurde Nathan Englander als 28j hriger in den USA zum Star der Literaturszene Mit seiner scharfen Beobachtungsgabe und seinem schwarzen Humor nimmt der junge Autor den j dischen Alltag aufs Korn, ob in New York oder in Jerusalem, in Russland oder in Polen, und erz hlt, was passiert, wenn die Jahrtausende alte Tradition des j dischen Glaubens mit der modernen Welt in Kollision ger t So fragt ein Mann, dessen geliebte Frau ihre sogenannte unreine Zeit ins Unendliche ausdehnt, seinen Rabbi um Rat und ist perplex, als dieser ihm vorschl gt, ein Bordell in der Stadt der S nde aufzusuchen zur Linderung unertr glichen Verlangens Un uomo rinchiuso per errore dalla polizia sovietica insieme a un gruppo di scrittori sovversivi un ebreo devoto che ottiene dal rabbino una dispensa ufficiale per recarsi da una prostituta al fine di alleviare i suoi insopportabili impulsi un gruppo di ebrei polacchi caricati su un treno diretto ad Auschwitz che si salvano fingendosi acrobati Con questa acclamatissima raccolta di racconti la sua opera d esordio Nathan Englander mette in scena il misticismo e le manie degli israeliti, rinnovando la grande tradizione dell umorismo ebraico, da Philip Roth a Woody Allen Racconti dall irresistibile verve comica attraverso la quale si intravedono in controluce le immani tragedie che hanno funestato da sempre la storia del popolo ebraico, cui il talento di Englander riesce a conferire un valore universale Con un eco dei grandi autori ottocenteschi russi, da Gogol a Tolst j, il giovane scrittore ci regala in questo libro nove storie sofisticate e intelligenti, scritte con un acutezza tale da cambiare il tono apparentemente grottesco in tragico, cogliendo come nessun altro l aspetto poetico del dolore e l intrecciarsi dei destini individuali con quelli della Storia.

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    1. Onvan : For the Relief of Unbearable Urges - Nevisande : Nathan Englander - ISBN : 375704434 - ISBN13 : 9780375704437 - Dar 205 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1999

    2. A mixed bag. The first two stories are full of black absurd humor. The other stories often start out interesting but then lose pace. The best one for me was Reunion.

    3. A solid inaugural book of short stories, all pieces written with Jewish orthodoxy as the centerpiece. I really like how Englander approached this subject matter from so many different angles; using horror and humor to bring home a point. The author isn't just taking the piss on his heritage, he's pointing his quill at all of humanity. "The Gilgul of Park Avenue" was a standout in the collection; the writing here was especially crisp and the four very distinct charcters in the story have their ow [...]

    4. Meeting a new author via short stories isn't ideal for me. So on reading the first two in this collection I thought I was in for a slog. First, a group martyred by Stalin, and second, one martyred by Nazis. Terrible--but I didn't know them well enough to feel it in my bones. On the other hand maybe I hadn't warmed sufficiently to the author to let him make me feel. The next story is about this charming but shallow manic-depressive screw-up who's always complaining it isn't his fault: things are [...]

    5. 3.5 stars - A well written selection of dark and sometimes funny stories mostly revolving around Orthodox Jewish culture. Englander has created an imaginative and fascinating collection of characters. Yet they remained "characters" - and did not come alive for me. I really liked Englander's Ministry of Special Cases and will certainly read more of his work.

    6. This guy's first book? Damn, I'm jealous. If you only read two of these stories, I recommend "The Twenty-seventh Man" and "The Tumblers." These stories are remarkable for their historical sense of authenticity. I believe in the characters Bretzky and Zunser and Korinsky, and I am fully in emotional harmony with the idiot savant Pelovitz. Englander said of this story that the rounding up of 26 Yiddish authors did occur and he has take the liberty to bring this tale to life and add in Pelovitz to [...]

    7. Revised: 4/21/2015Readers of Nathan Englander's For the Relief of Unbearable Urges may find that some/most of the stories are linked by the role that luck plays in our lives and by our amazing uses of creative powers to handle what feels "unbearable" and by the lengths to which we may go to stop being or feeling victimized. However, mortification (whether hidden or in plain view) is, I maintain, what makes all of the stories in the collection a gathering of distant cousins, if not close relative [...]

    8. The stories here aren't character driven as much as they are idea driven. Some of the ideas are brilliant. The setting is always deeply Jewish, but I think those who don't have an understanding of Orthodox Jewish culture can still strongly identify with the lives of the people portrayed. Englander owes a deep debt to Bernard Malamud in a good way. He may well be his worthy successor. These stories often begin with a bang. Englander doesn't waste time on setting. Some of these stories had me smil [...]

    9. A great collection of short stories revolving around aspects of Jewish life. Each main character and each story offers a different perspective. The reader gets the opportunity to see through the eyes of a rabbi, young people, elderly people, the suffering and the crazy. I loved the variety this book offered, the different settings, different walks of life and most of all the humor. This is my first book by Nathan Englander and will not be my last!4.5 stars

    10. OK I'll say it: you've GOT to read this. But let me qualify that by mentioning that you might not get it if you're not (sigh) Jewish. I think it was Will Smith who said, "Take it from me, gentiles just don't understand." In spite of the Semitic tag, Nathan Englander is as good a young writer as any I can think of. I hope his debut novel which just came out is as good as this. Tremendous short fiction.

    11. There is no question that this author can write. Maybe I was a bit handicapped because I know and understand even less about the orthodox Jews. The first two stories were a bit dark but humorous at the same time, as if the author knows you can only have so much darkness before light. The rest of the books and the stories were a little easier, I particularly liked the story, "The Wig".

    12. Another splendid collection of Short stories, reading these is like taking a heavenly bath in great writing.

    13. Somehow I did not realize this was a collection of short stories and I wasn't really in the mood. They are not bad stories, but are all focused on Orthodox Jews (something about which I don't know a whole lot). It holds together well enough as a collection and some are better than others; I have each story noted below.The Twenty-seventh ManA story about 27 men in holding before execution in Stalin Russia. The focus is on the last man added to the list (the 27th) as an almost after thought. He se [...]

    14. Nathan Englander publishes only a couple of story collections per decade. The fact that he is an international darling of Jewish literature suggests that his work makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity. And there is indeed a richness and complexity to these stories that bears out the time and labor Englander apparently put into them. Even the order of the pieces throughout the collection suggests careful deliberation, with significant themes and motifs carrying through from one story to t [...]

    15. The reviews (three pages of them inside the book itself) are not so much positive as they are rapturous -- and I just don't get it. In most of these stories, nothing happens. Lots and lots of physical description and carefully wrought details and painstaking scene-setting and virtually no there, there. It's Fabergé fiction, literary short stories as netsuke. I don't know why I continue to be shocked that so much of the fiction that is rewarded today (with publication, with major reviews, with [...]

    16. strong stories with Jewishness as their theme. The first one has a bunch of writers rounded up and jailed in Stalin's Russia, and in the second a group of Jews in WW2 Germany somehow board the wrong train (they are supposed to be heading off to the death camps) and are mistaken for tumblers. Humour offsets the impending horror and allows you (the reader) to breathe and think, thus underlining the grim realities to come. Others stories are more contemporary, one set in a terrorised Jerusalem wher [...]

    17. This is an incredible collection of short stories about Jews. The first one didn't just make me cry - I sobbed. All of the stories were good, several were splendid and heart-wrenching. Each one felt like a tiny novel rather than a short story.Each story somehow related to my own history (I am the child of a father who was a concentration camp inmate and a mother who was a first generation new yorker brought up on the lower east side of Manhattan whose first language was yiddish). I'm sure that w [...]

    18. Some of the stories are very funny, especially the one about the middle-aged New York businessman who discovers his Jewish soul in a taxi cab. And the one about the wigmaker. Ludicrous set-ups, yet very poignant and (I found) easy to relate to and universal. The first two, about Russians being deported to concentration camps, are gut wrenching. The last one about living in Israel and surviving a bomb attack was the only one I didn't like, the style and sentiments seemed a bit contrived, even tho [...]

    19. This collection of beautifully written short stories surprised me. Some are quite humorous ("Reb Kringle" being my favorite of these), with a droll sensibility pervading the majority. However, three of the stories are deadly serious, with subject matter ranging from the horrors of WWII to the modern-day prevalence of terrorism in Jerusalem.I expect to be haunted by "The Tumblers" for some time to come, especially by the heart-breaking final paragraph.

    20. englander reads like a much older person from a much older time. the picture on the back of the book didn't correspond, for me, with the words inside it. which is, i think, what made how much i enjoyed this collection such a pleasant surprise. favorite stories: the tumblers, the wig, the gilgul of park avenue, the last one way, in this way we are wise.

    21. I'm really disappointed in this book after reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank which I loved. The stories in this started off good but got progressively worse until I was just reading the book to finish it without any enjoyment. It is really cool to see how far Englander's writing has come though.

    22. I think I need to take a break from "Jewish" reading. This book was highly praised by many reviewers. I found the stories amusing, full of irony, but mostly sad. Having read Steven Stern and Shalom Auslander, I find this to be more of the same: mocking Orthodoxy, finding humor in grave situations, and giving me a little too much information about people's sex lives.

    23. the chelm story alone makes this a classic and brilliant collection, and the rest are great, too.

    24. This is a collection of 9 short stories, with Jewish themes and/or characters. I found some of the stories disturbing and difficult to read. One was so edgy that I never finished it.

    25. Nathan Englander's short story collection is a look at modern Judaism across a variety of characters, and spanning multiple continents, with a multitude of sobering endings - but always through the lens of reincarnation and rebirth.Naturally, it is the most exceptional story, The Gilgul, which clarifies this focus on the soul. In this story, a perfectly average middle-aged WASP discovers one evening that he is the bearer of a Jewish soul. And therefore he undertakes the oddest sort of conversion [...]

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