The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann

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Winner! 2013 Award for Literary Fiction - Dactyl Foundation
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From award-winning novelist David Schmahmann, comes the highly-rated The Double Life of Alfred Buber . . .

In this splendid original tale, you will discover that although Alfred Buber is warm, smart, and romantic, his life is as barren as an ice floe, an embarrassing collage of successes and humiliations that add up to .... nothing. He lives as if he has landed in a strange country, nowhere he recognizes.
Can an-oh-so respectable Boston lawyer, out of options, out of hope, lonely beyond measure, stray way outside the lines and find love?
Can he step into the tawdry dark, and back into the wholesome light, and not be affected?
Alfred Buber thinks he can. But the line between his two lives is a thin one. The contradictions collide until Buber loses track of what is real and what is pretend, and then inevitably the two collide with ruinous consequences.

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". . .a truly remarkable literary creation. . ." - The New York Journal of Books

"The Double Life of Alfred Buber is an original and sophisticated novel which lingers in the mind. . ." - Dactyl Reviews

"Exquisitely written, detailed, fierily emotional and yet completely cold and callous, The Double Life of Alfred Buber is a unique read that will settle around a reader like a cloying dust and linger, even after a long, hot shower, in the pores. . ." - Luxury Reading

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"From the first page it is evident that Schmahmann has produced interior monologue of the first order . . . An interesting an eccentric companion, 5 Stars." - Jim McKeown, KWBU, NPR

"An unusual morality play whose artful style veils the depravity of its protagonist." - Kirkus Reviews

"This book is literary fiction at it's best - taut, well crafted, lovely prose, thoroughly engaging, which draws you into the character's strange new world and leaves your reading landscape forever altered." - BookConscious

"The Double Life of Alfred Buber reads like a lost Nabokov novel. . .the prose is meticulously wrought, the plot deeply complex and psychologically layered. . ." - Small Press reviews

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About David Schmahmann

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David Schmahmann was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Cornell Law School, he writes and practices law in Boston and lives with his wife and two daughters in Weston, Massachusetts. His first novel, Empire Settings, which received the John Gardner Fiction Award, features many of the same characters who appear in Ivory From Paradise. Nibble & Kuhn, his second novel, a love story set in a WASP law firm, is also published by Academy Chicago.
Published March 4, 2011 by Permanent Press - eBooks Account. 199 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Buber relates the facts of his life as they are visible to the community in which he is thought to be a fine, upstanding citizen: born in Zimbabwe, immigrates to America, attends law school and makes partner in his law firm.

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But at the Star of Love Bar, after watching public sexual encounters, then experiencing his own, matter-of-factly, as though "she were changing a bandage on my leg," Buber also experiences love, touched by the beautiful teenage girl, Nok, who he first sees paging a child's book, trying to learn E...

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New York Journal of Books

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I made my selection and walk back briskly.”)It most certainly is meaningful that, in spite of the lack of physical description given her by her author, and the very few words that she speaks in a novel that echoes down the hallways with words, words, words that are all Buber’s that Nok is and rem...

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Portland Book Review

Schmahmann’s prose is readable and the story is interesting, but The Double Life does not carry the moral weight, character depth, and literary nuance of Nabokov’s work.

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ForeWord Reviews

After a second trip abroad, during which Buber meets Nok’s parents, who live in rural poverty in a hut on stilts, Buber decides to try to bring Nok to the States to live with him in his palatial home, “a fortress of marble and glass,” outside Boston.

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