|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|
|Awards||PEN/Malamud Award, |
Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is a short story collection by Nathan Englander, first published by Knopf in 1999. It has received many positive reviews. It earned Englander a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction.
The collection contains nine stories, many of which are set in the Jewish Orthodox world. The title story tells of a married Hasidic Jew who receives special dispensation from a rabbi to visit a prostitute – "for the relief of unbearable urges." The story "The Twenty-seventh Man", about Yiddish writers killed by Stalin, is an allusion to the Night of the Murdered Poets.
- "The Twenty-seventh Man"
- "The Tumblers"
- "The Wig"
- "The Gilgul of Park Avenue"
- "Reb Kringle"
- "The Last One Way"
- "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges"
- "In This Way We Are Wise"
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