A Curable Romantic: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2010 - Fiction - 593 pages
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I fell in love with Emma Eckstein the moment I saw her from the fourth gallery of the Carl Theater, and this was also the night I met Sigmund Freud.” So goes the life, times, and loves of Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn, a fairly incurable romantic venturing optimistically through modern history. In this inventive and satiric tour de force, Joseph Skibell, award-winning author of A Blessing on the Moon, presents a picaresque novel of exile that could spring only from the imagination of a virtuoso.

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User Review  - Doey - LibraryThing

Mr Skibell thinks his writing is funnier and more profound than it really is. Tedious is the first word that comes to my mind, with contrived being a very close second. Read full review

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User Review  - read.to.live - LibraryThing

(Warning, this review has spoilers.) This book started off slow and dry and almost unreadable, but got better, and better, so that by the end I found it so stunning in its entirety that I hardly ... Read full review

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BOOK TWO MILOJN DA JESOJ or My New Life in the Esperanto Movement
BOOK THREE ON THE DEVILS ISLAND or My Life and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto

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About the author (2010)

Joseph Skibell is the author of two previous novels, A Blessing on the Moon and The English Disease. He has received a Halls Fiction Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, among other awards. He teaches at Emory University and is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

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