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Kalfus, Ken

Overview
Works: 21 works in 138 publications in 13 languages and 4,111 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Humorous fiction  Bildungsromans  Drama  Film adaptations  Short stories  Short stories, American 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ken Kalfus
A disorder peculiar to the country : a novel by Ken Kalfus( Book )

37 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To each other's regret, both Marshall and Joyce survived 9/11. But it looks unlikely that they will survive the apparently endless war of their divorce. Both refuse to move out of their apartment, on their lawyers' orders, and neither is above using the children as footsoldiers in their battle
Equilateral : a novel by Ken Kalfus( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A British astronomer, Thayer, high on Darwin and other progressive scientists of [his] age, has come to believe that beings more highly evolved than us are alive on Mars (he has evidence) and that there will be a perfect moment in which we can signal to them that we are here, too. He gets the support and funding for a massive project to build the Equilateral, a triangle with sides hundreds of miles long, in the desert of Egypt in time for that perfect window. But as work progresses, the Egyptian workers, less evolved than the British, are also less than cooperative, and a bout of malaria that seems to activate at the worst moments makes it all much more confusing and complex than Thayer ever imagined"--Amazon.com
The commissariat of enlightenment by Ken Kalfus( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joining the media circus that attends the deathbed of Tolstoy in 1910, ambitious cinematographer Nikolai Gribshin hopes to capture Tolstoy's death on film and encounters the scientist Vorobev and revolutionist Joseph Stalin
Pu-239 and other Russian fantasies by Ken Kalfus( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories set in Russia. In Anzhelika, 13, a girl whose first period coincides with Stalin's death is terrified by the thought she caused it, while in the title story a physicist dying from radiation hawks plutonium so his family will have money to live
Christopher Morley's Philadelphia by Christopher Morley( )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirst by Ken Kalfus( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories by a writer making a debut in fiction. In Invisible Malls, Marco Polo explains a shopping mall to a Mongol emperor, in Bouquet, an Irish girl in Paris loses her innocence, and Cats in Space is on cruel children who launch a balloon with a kitten
Coup de foudre : a novella and stories by Ken Kalfus( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The explosive new collection by the celebrated author of Thirst and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, Coup de Foudre is the kind of groundbreaking work of literary invention Ken Kalfus's fans have come to expect. The book is anchored by the full text of the provocatively topical title novella that appeared in Harper's, a sometimes farcical, ultimately tragic story about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York hotel. Recalling the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair with irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers international political gridlock and the hypocrisies of acceptable sexual conduct. In "The Moment They Were Waiting For," a murderer on death row casts a spell granting the inhabitants of his city the foreknowledge of the dates they will die. In "v. The Large Hadron Collider," a judge distracted by the faint possibility of an adulterous affair must decide whether to throw out a nuisance lawsuit that raises the even fainter possibility that the entire Earth may be destroyed. "The Un" is a nostalgic story of a young writer's struggles as he tries to surmount the colossal, heavily guarded wall that apparently separates writers who have been published from those who have not. Varying boldly in theme, setting, and tone, the stories in Coup de Foudre share Kalfus's distinctive humor and intellect, inextricably bound with high literary ambition"--
A disorder peculiar to the country by Ken Kalfus( )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joyce and Marshall Harriman are in the midst of a contentious divorce, but still sharing a cramped, overmortgaged Brooklyn apartment with their two children. On the morning of September 11, Joyce departs for Newark to catch a flight to San Francisco, and Marshall, after dropping the kids at daycare, heads for his office in the World Trade Center. She misses her flight and he's late for work, but on that grim day, in devastated city, among millions seized by fear and grief, each thinks the other is dead, and each is secretly, shamefully, gloriously happy. As their bitter divorce is further complicated by anthrax scares, suicide bombs, foreign wars, and the stock market collapse, they suffer, in ways unexpectedly personal and increasingly ludicrous, the many strange ravages of our time. In this astonishing black comedy, Kalfus suggests how our nation's public calamities have encroached upon our most private illusions
Baseball! by Roger Angell( Recording )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narration of short stories previously broadcasted on public radio stations
Coup de foudre by Ken Kalfus( )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The explosive new collection by the celebrated author of Thirst and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, Coup de Foudre is the kind of groundbreaking work of literary invention Ken Kalfus's fans have come to expect. The book is anchored by the full text of the provocatively topical title novella that appeared in Harper's, a sometimes farcical, ultimately tragic story about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York hotel. Recalling the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair with irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers international political gridlock and the hypocrisies of acceptable sexual conduct. In "The Moment They Were Waiting For," a murderer on death row casts a spell granting the inhabitants of his city the foreknowledge of the dates they will die. In "The Large Hadron Collider," a judge distracted by the faint possibility of an adulterous affair must decide whether to throw out a nuisance lawsuit that raises the even fainter possibility that the entire Earth may be destroyed. "The Un" is a nostalgic story of a young writer's struggles as he tries to surmount the colossal, heavily guarded wall that apparently separates writers who have been published from those who have not. Varying boldly in theme, setting, and tone, the stories in Coup de Foudre share Kalfus's distinctive humour and intellect, inextricably bound with high literary ambition
Three stories by Ken Kalfus( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pu-239( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a nuclear power plant worker in Russia is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation, officials initiate a cover-up, refusing to help him, so he steals some plutonium to sell on the black market to support his family
Uno stato particolare di disordine by Ken Kalfus( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het commissariaat voor verlichting : roman by Ken Kalfus( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Dutch and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een jonge cameraman komt onder de bescherming van Stalin en speelt zo een sleutelrol in de propagandistische weergave van de Russische Revolutie
Igokochi no warui heya( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Galassi: Muse ; Ken Kalfus : Coup de foudre by Jonathan Galassi( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In addition to being the President and Publisher of major publishing house Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Jonathan Galassi is the author of the acclaimed poetry collections Left-Handed, North Street, and Morning Run, and is also a poetry critic and translator. Galassi is a former Guggenheim Fellow and Paris Review poetry editor, and his debut novel is the story of a decades-long publishing feud
Thirst by Ken Kalfus( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fourteen stories varying in theme and setting that explore the sometimes harsh realities of love, family ties, and social relationships. In "The Weather in New York" a Florida retiree is hopelessly stranded in his parents' New York apartment during a blizzard. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex
Lily Brett: You gotta have balls ; Ken Kalfus: A disorder peculiar to the country by Lily Brett( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Lily Brett, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was born in Germany and emigrated to Australia with her parents in 1948. Both her fiction and poetry have won other major prizes, including the 1987 Victorian Premier's Award for poetry for The Auschwitz Poems and the 1995 NSW Premier's Award for Fiction for Just Like That; her novel, Too Many Men, was an international bestseller. In her new novel, Brett reprises characters from Too Many Men: Ruth Rothwax's father Edek joins her in New York and starts a restaurant with his girlfriend, Zofia, and her gentle sidekick, Walentyna, a meatball restaurant called You Gotta Have Balls
Ken Kalfus: Equilateral ; James Salter: All that is by Ken Kalfus( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Praised for his ability to flesh out vivid characters whose lives saturate puzzling cultural backdrops, Ken Kalfus is the author of the story collections Thirst and PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. His novels include The Commissariat of Enlightenment, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, in which the events of 9/11 make an unlikely springboard for a biting story about the dissolution of a marriage. His new novel, Equilateral, is a sly comedy placed at the cusp of turn-of-the-century Egypt
Uma desordem Americana by Ken Kalfus( Book )

in Portuguese and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A disorder peculiar to the country : a novel
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The commissariat of enlightenmentPu-239 and other Russian fantasiesChristopher Morley's PhiladelphiaThirstA disorder peculiar to the countryBaseball!Three stories
Alternative Names
Kalfus, Ken, 1954-

Ken Kalfus Amerikaans schrijver

Ken Kalfus amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Ken Kalfus journaliste américain

Ken Kalfus periodista estadounidense

Ken Kalfus scrittore e giornalista statunitense

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