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The Library of Babel

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges - Nathan Englander A very good collection of short stories by this Jewish-American novelist. I have to check on the web if Englander has written other things.

I have to confess that I like so much many Jewish-American novelists as Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Isaac Singer and Mordecai Richler (though he's Canadian).

Englander joins and doesn't join this club at the same time. I mean that he's surely influenced by giants, but he developes his own style without looking derivative. Each one of the stories is stunning, evocative, perfectly shaped.

I still remember most of the short novels of this book, albeit several years have passed since I've read them and this thanks to Nathan Englander.