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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges - Stories

Nathan Englander

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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 In Englander's amazingly taut and ambitious "The Twenty-seventh Man," a clerical error lands earnest, unpublished Pinchas Pelovits in prison with twenty-six writers slated for execution at Stalin's command, and in the grip of torture Pinchas composes a mini-masterpiece,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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker, Arthur Morey, Paul Michael

Length:

6h 37m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:26


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:29


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:01


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:46