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NATHAN ENGLANDER (1970 - )
United Talent Agency
represented by Mark Subias
Nathan englander is the author of the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and the novel the Ministry of Special Cases. His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Washington Post, as well as the O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous editions of the Best American Short Stories. Translated into more than a dozen languages, englander was selected as one of 20 Writers for the 21st Century by the New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PeN/Malamud award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American academy of Arts & Letters. He's been a fellow at the Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and at the American academy of Berlin. He teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Hunter College along with Peter Carey and Colum McCann, and, in the summer, he teachers a course for NYU's Writers in Paris program. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is currently working on a translation of the Haggadah, and a play based on his short story the Twenty-seventh Man.
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Twenty-Seventh Man, The
In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin's secret police have rounded up twenty-six writers, the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. As judgment looms, a twenty-seventh suddenly appears: Pinchas Pelovits, unpublished and unknown. Baffled by his arrest, he and his cellmates wrestle with the mysteries of party loyalty and politics, culture and identity, and what it means to write in troubled times. When they discover why the twenty-seventh man is among them, the writers come to realize that even in the face of tyranny, stories still have the power to transcend. - nytheatre.com
adaptation of his own novel with help and advice from Nora Hephron (sic)
Dramatists Play Service, NY 978-0-8222-2997-1
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