For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

Short stories by Nathan Englander.

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Further Reading

Englander's first novel, about a Jewish family in Buenos Aires during a wave of government terrorism, appeared eight years after his debut; it is called The Ministry of Special Cases (2007). Not much has yet been written on Englander, except for many celebratory book reviews. Ilan Stavans has a short essay on Englander's stories in The Inveterate Dreamer (2001), though, and given how regularly Englander's stories are taught at colleges, one can expect critical studies to follow as his oeuvre grows.

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Josh Lambert

Josh Lambert is Dorot Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009).