For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander
Featuring the acclaimed story, The Twenty-Seventh Man.
In 2000, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges was one of the most stunning literary debuts of our time. These energized, irreverent, and deliciously inventive stories introduced readers to an astonishing new talent.
In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute. "The Wig" takes an aging wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. In "The Tumblers," Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for the death camps and, in a deft, imaginative twist, turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way.
A work of startling authority and imagination--a book that is as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad.