Weinstock Among The Dying by Michael Blumenthal

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In Michael Blumenthal s extraordinary and powerful first novel, Martin Weinstock finds himself much like Dante, having lost his way in mid-life, trapped in the to-him-deathlike corridors of academic life and aborted loves. Adopted at birth by his biological aunt and uncle, then prevented from mourning the death of his adopted mother, Weinstock attempts to navigate the twin burdens of aborted mourning and confused parentage toward a vision of life that is at once good-natured and redeeming. Unable to reconcile the seriousness and self-importance of academic life at Harvard with his own sense of life s mixed texture of humor and sadness, Martin jointly confronts both Harvard s institutional self-absorption and his own wide array of human foibles. En route, he learns as he searches for genuine love and internal well-being that not only humor and seriousness but life and death can coexist and may, if fact, rely on one another for their redemption. Weinstock Among the Dying delves into one man s attempt to recover from the griefs of his childhood and to enter into a life-giving adulthood of fatherhood and mature love, In it, Michael Blumenthal creates a moving portrait of the human struggle for psychological growth, as well as a witty satire of life at the top of the academic world.
 

About Michael Blumenthal

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Michael Blumenthal is the author, most recently, of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (Harper Collins, 2002), and of Dusty Angel (BOA Editions, 1999), his sixth book of poems. His novel Weinstock Among the Dying, which won Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction in l994, and his collection of essays from Central Europe, When History Enters the House, was published in l998. He has lived at taught at universities in Hungary, Israel, Germany and France, mostly as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2004-2005, he holds the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. He spends his summers in a small village near the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary.
 
Published September 1, 1993 by Zoland Books. 303 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Martin's willful descent into existential quagmires and indecisiveness ends finally on a junket to Ecuador, where he meets the sensitive, artistic Beatrice, who guides him back to the living by bearing his son and who gives him the courage to confront the accumulated miseries of Harvard and his p...

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To poet Martin Weinstock, disgruntled lecturer at Harvard, the Ivy League school is a deadly place, rife with faculty suicides yet smug with an insular narrowness of vision.

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