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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Stories

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These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.
 
The title story, inspired by Raymond Carver’s masterpiece, is a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. In the outlandishly dark “Camp Sundown” vigilante justice is undertaken by a group of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. “Sister Hills” chronicles the history of Israel’s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child. Marking a return to two of Englander’s classic themes, “Peep Show” and “How We Avenged the Blums” wrestle with sexual longing and ingenuity in the face of adversity and peril. And “Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother’s Side” is suffused with an intimacy and tenderness that break new ground for a writer who seems constantly to be expanding the parameters of what he can achieve in the short form.
 
Beautiful and courageous, funny and achingly sad, Englander’s work is a revelation.

Von Publishers Weekly

12.12.2011 – It s a tribute to Englander s verve and scope that the eight stories in his new collection, although clearly the product of one mind with a particular set of interests (Israel; American Jewry and suburbia; writing and reading; sex, survival, and the long shadow of the Shoah) never cover the same territory. Each is particular, deeply felt, and capable of pressing any number of buttons. The title story, which features a reunion of old friends, a lot of marijuana, and a series of collisions between Israel and America and Orthodoxy and laxity, starts out funny and gets funnier, until suddenly it s not a bit funny. Sister Hills traces an Israeli settlement from its violent founding to its bedroom community transformation and reads like a myth, simple, stark, and, like many a myth, ultimately horrifying. And as you spend a few days with the beleaguered director of Camp Sundown, a vacation camp for elderly Jews, you ll find, as he does, that things you think you re sure about guilt, justice, silence, and the morality of revenge start to get fuzzy. What we talk about when we talk about Englander s collection turns out to be survival and the difficult sometimes awful, sometimes touching choices people make, and Englander (For the Relief of Unbearable Urges), brings a tremendous range and capacity to surprise to his chosen topic.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
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  • 6,49 €
  • Auf dem iPhone, iPad, iPod touch und Mac verfügbar.
  • Kategorie: Kurzgeschichten
  • Erschienen: 07.02.2012
  • Verlag: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Druckseiten: 240 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Voraussetzungen: Das Anzeigen dieses Buchs erfordert ein iOS-Gerät mit iBooks 1.3.1 (oder neuer) und iOS 4.3.3 (oder neuer) oder einen Mac mit iBooks 1.0 (oder neuer) und OS X 10.9 (oder neuer).

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