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Joseph Skibell

October 7, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Young Dr. Jacob Sammelsohn arrives in Vienna in the 1890s, befriends Sigmund Freud, and falls for one of his beautiful and wealthy patients in Joseph Skibell’s epic historical novel, “A Curable Romantic” (Algonquin).

“Intellectual comedy of the Highest Order.” – J.M. Coetzee.

“Skibell’s delicious juxtaposition of Sammelsohn against the cocaine-snorting Freud, and Sammelsohn’s infatuation with the ‘cruel, vindictive, haughty, caustic, dismissive, even murderous’ character of Emma Eckstein, one of Freud’s patients, make for a magnetic collection of personalities.” – Publishers Weekly.

Joseph Skibell’s novels include “A Blessing on the Moon,” which received the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Turner Prize for First Fiction. He teaches at Emory, and is director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

The reading is FREE.

Co-presented with the Jewish in Seattle and the University of Washington Hillel.