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Inherited disorders : stories, parables & problems

Author: Adam Ehrlich Sachs
Publisher: New York : Regan Arts, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Regan Arts hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Adam Ehrlich Sachs's Inherited Disorders is a rueful, absurd, and endlessly entertaining look at a most serious subject--the eternally vexed relations between fathers and sons. In a hundred and seventeen shrewd, surreal vignettes, Sachs lays bare the petty rivalries, thwarted affection, and mutual bafflement that have characterized the filial bond since the days of Davidic kings. A philosopher's son kills his father  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Ehrlich Sachs
ISBN: 9781682450154 1682450155
OCLC Number: 929917561
Description: 262 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The nature poet --
Above and beyond --
The chimney sweep --
The worker's fist --
Diving record --
Progress --
Unlike Sofia Coppola --
Our system --
Turin, 1962 --
Concerto for a corpse --
The Flemish engraver's son --
The children's book --
Obligation --
Hostage situation --
The sweeper --
Herb's place --
No --
The death of Inspector Pirenne --
The sulfer baths --
Last line --
In equilibrium --
Hand-me-downs --
Accepted donations --
The furniture owner's son --
Two hats --
Dead language --
The clock tower --
Commentary --
Explanation --
Vindicated --
In the house of the cryptoporticus --
In a vat --
Divergence from Lescanne --
Ice climbers --
Practical joke --
The Tallinn Holocaust Memorial Museum --
Reproduction --
Footsteps --
Nematodes --
Verb inflections in an Algonquin dialect --
Controll --
Siegel's shoes --
Breathing problems --
The conversationalist --
The stipulation --
Resemblance --
Correspondence --
A bad Modigliani --
Find and replace --
The family Rivulidae --
The Uppsala school of meteorology --
The Konigsberg building --
Talent --
Exploitation --
Peace plan --
The inverted pyramid --
Figments --
The constitutional law scholar's traits --
Salvageable --
Masters --
Something to genetics --
Assisted living --
Vengeance --
A nightmare --
Vanished --
The family shiraz --
Abuse --
Legacy --
Crush --
The Ottoman historian's head --
The labor historian's head --
Improvement --
Printing error --
The end of Evans --
Utterly inscrutable --
The madman's time machine --
Fleischman's predicament --
The Balkan historian --
Grief --
Two museums --
Order matters --
Determinism --
Betrayal --
Disagreement --
Shimura's robot --
Human consumption --
Stunt --
The performing arts --
In sympathy --
The fourth sonata --
Partial temples --
Capital --
Strassberg & Strassberg --
Doubts --
Regret --
Poignant --
Middle ground --
The Brentano tales --
The Bosnia project --
The flying contraption --
Normalcy --
Tone --
Patrilineal --
Decision-making --
Philanthropy --
Precision --
An asymmetry --
Groomed --
Unfinished things --
Sanctuary --
Groundwork --
Parrot care --
Exhaustion --
Last wishes --
Last words --
A memorial on the River Havel --
Unrest.
Responsibility: Adam Ehrlich Sachs.

Abstract:

Adam Ehrlich Sachs's Inherited Disorders is a rueful, absurd, and endlessly entertaining look at a most serious subject--the eternally vexed relations between fathers and sons. In a hundred and seventeen shrewd, surreal vignettes, Sachs lays bare the petty rivalries, thwarted affection, and mutual bafflement that have characterized the filial bond since the days of Davidic kings. A philosopher's son kills his father and explains his aphorisms to death. A father bequeaths to his son his jacket, deodorant, and political beliefs. England's most famous medium becomes possessed by the spirit of his skeptical father--who questions, in front of the nation, his son's choice of career. A Czech pianist amputates his fingers one by one to thwart his father, who will not stop composing concertos for him. A nineteenth-century Italian nobleman wills his ill-conceived flying contraption--incapable of actual flight--to his newborn son. In West Hollywood, an aspiring screenwriter must contend with the judgmental visage of his father, a respected public intellectual whose frozen head, clearly disappointed in him, he keeps in his freezer. Keenly inventive, but painfully familiar, these surprisingly tender stories signal the arrival of a brilliant new comic voice--and fresh hope for fathers and sons the world over.

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