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A Curable Romantic

Joseph Skibell

As far as romance goes, Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn is fairly incurable. Twice married, once divorced, once widowed—all by the tender age of twelve—he finally flees his small village and his pious, vengeful father. A lovelorn Candide, young Dr. Sammelsohn wanders optimistically through history—pursued by the amorous ghost of his dead wife. Arriving in Vienna in 1890, a chance encounter with Sigmund Freud leads our hero into the arms of Emma Eckstein, one of Freud's most famous patients. Later he romances the beautiful and wealthy Loe Bernfeld, who carries him into the world of Esperanto and the universal language movement. Finally, Dr. Sammelsohn finds himself in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, only to become a pawn in a battle over the path to heaven. A Curable Romantic is a novel of personal and historical exile that could spring only from the literary imagination of a virtuoso. Often fantastical yet always grounded in tradition and history, it is that rare literary feat—a truly incomparable tale, ingenuously laid, peopled with characters who live on in the memory.

As far as romance goes, Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn is fairly incurable. Twice married, once divorced, once widowed—all by the tender age of twelve—he finally flees his small village and his pious, vengeful father. A lovelorn Candide, young Dr. Sammelsohn wanders optimistically through history—pursued by the amorous ghost of his dead wife. Arriving in Vienna in 1890, a chance encounter with Sigmund Freud leads our hero into the arms of Emma Eckstein, one of Freud's most famous patients. Later he romances the beautiful and wealthy Loe Bernfeld, who carries him into the world of Esperanto and the universal language movement. Finally, Dr. Sammelsohn finds himself in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, only to become a pawn in a battle over the path to heaven. A Curable Romantic is a novel of personal and historical exile that could spring only from the literary imagination of a virtuoso. Often fantastical yet always grounded in tradition and history, it is that rare literary feat—a truly incomparable tale, ingenuously laid, peopled with characters who live on in the memory.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

As far as romance goes, Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn is fairly incurable. Twice married, once divorced, once widowed—all by the tender age of twelve—he finally flees his small village and his pious, vengeful father. A lovelorn Candide, young Dr. Sammelsohn wanders optimistically through history—pursued by the amorous ghost of his dead wife. Arriving in Vienna in 1890, a chance encounter with Sigmund Freud leads our hero into the arms of Emma Eckstein, one of Freud's most famous patients. Later he romances the beautiful and wealthy Loe Bernfeld, who carries him into the world of Esperanto and the universal language movement. Finally, Dr. Sammelsohn finds himself in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, only to become a pawn in a battle over the path to heaven. A Curable Romantic is a novel of personal and historical exile that could spring only from the literary imagination of a virtuoso. Often fantastical yet always grounded in tradition and history, it is that rare literary feat—a truly incomparable tale, ingenuously laid, peopled with characters who live on in the memory.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jeff Woodman

Length:

22h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

35:35


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:41


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

19:05


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

09:27


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

14:14


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

14:47


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

01:10:15


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

19:29


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

11:06


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

19:48


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

43:44


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

28:54


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

01:17:21


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

42:07


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

27:12


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

25:25


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

31:31


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

37:37


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

10:35


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

44:35


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

07:29


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

31:23


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

26:35


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

44:04


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

27:27


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

45:41


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

19:56


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

52:57


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

23:07


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

58:07


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

52:38


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

23:32


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

09:53


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

15:44


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

21:27


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

25:10


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

20:11


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

26:27


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

14:39


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

28:57


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

23:37


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

20:47


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

31:41


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

20:58


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

30:28


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

40:10