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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 is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.
A Curable Romantic
‘Skibell crafts a vivid, artfully clever tale grounded in turn-of-the-century Europe’ Leah Strauss Booklist
‘Intellectual comedy of the highest order’ J. M. Coetzee
'I fell in love with Emma Eckstein the moment I saw her from the fourth gallery of the Carl Theatre, and this was also the night I met Sigmund Freud.'
So goes the life, times, ad loves of Dr Jakob Sammelsohn, a fairly incurable romantic wandering optimistically through modern history, in a journey that takes him from the outskirts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940.
An inventive and satiric tour de force, A Curable Romantic is a picaresque novel of exile - both personal and historical. Often fantastical but always grounded in tradition and history, it is a rare literary feat - an epic comic tale, peopled with characters at once familiar and utterly original.