A Curable Romantic

By Joseph Skibell

Published by Algonquin Books

I fell in love with Emma Eckstein the moment I saw her from the fourth gallery of the Carl Theater, and this was also the night I met Sigmund Freud.” So goes the life, times, and loves of Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn, a fairly incurable romantic venturing optimistically through modern history. In this inventive and satiric tour de force, Joseph Skibell, award-winning author of A Blessing on the Moon, presents a picaresque novel of exile that could spring only from the imagination of a virtuoso.

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November 01, 2011
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“A high-energy, wild performance . . . The postmodern Jewish novel as mash-up of genres: Yiddish folktale, sentimental education, Freudian case history, erotic confession, utopian parable, all wrapped up in an ‘alternative history’ of Jewish emancipation.”
The New Republic
A Curable Romantic has no end of fun with its themes, notably the limits and usefulness of language . . . At the same time, it’s a tale of great compassion and reverence—a remarkable, deeply felt examination of man’s relationship to an ever-changing world.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"An irresistible romp about a lovelorn 19th-Century doctor who falls in with Sigmund Freud--and some dangerously attractive women." --O Magazine