Nathan Englander

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

Published October 5, 2000 7:00AM (EDT)

At the age of twenty-nine, Nathan Englander has been compared to such literary masters as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Phillip Roth, Bernard Malamud, and John Cheever. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. His works have appeared in Story magazine and The New Yorker. Englander grew up in New York and lives in Jerusalem.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, his debut collection of nine stories, received widespread acclaim and immediately established Englander as a "substantial talent in short ficton" (Salon). In this book, Englander explores Hasidic and Orthodox life - from Aushwitz to present-day Brooklyn - but also focuses on the universal themes of tradition, community, and displacement. The New York Times called the collection "a volume of polished gems."

Listen to Englander read an excerpt from the title story from "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges."

Bold Type features an interview and a short story by Nathan Englander.

From "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges" ) 1999, Nathan Englander. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. No reproduction of this material is authorized without the express written consent of the Licensor.

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