Joseph Skibell nominated for the $100K Sami Rohr Prize

When I first read Joseph Skibell’s A Curable Romantic last fall, I knew Algonquin had a winner on its hands. On vacation with my in-laws-to-be, I continuously snuck away to read Joseph’s novel, which ensnared me with its depiction of Sigmund Freud! Vienna! Sex-starved dybbuks!

So, it comes as little surprise that Joseph was recently nominated for the prestigious Sami Rohr literary prize, which comes with a hefty reward of $100,000. Joseph’s in good company with fellow nominees Allison Amend, Nadia Kalman, Julie Oringer, and Austin Ratner.

We send out a big congrats to Joseph. For more information on the prize, please head over to Galleycat and check it out.

Want to read A Curable Romantic? Just leave a comment on our blog or on our Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

–Megan Fishmann, Publicist


About A Curable Romantic:

As far as romance goes, Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn is fairly incurable. Twice married, once divorced, once widowed—all by the tender age of twelve— he finally flees his small village and his pious, vengeful father. A lovelorn candide, young Dr. Sammelsohn wanders optimistically through history—pursued by the amorous ghost of his dead wife.

Arriving in Vienna in 1890, a chance encounter with Sigmund Freud leads our hero into the arms of Emma Eckstein, one of Freud’s most famous patients. Later he romances the beautiful and wealthy Loë Bernfeld, who carries him into the world of Esperanto and the universal language movement. Finally, Dr. Sammelsohn finds himself in the Warsaw ghetto in 1940, only to become a pawn in a battle over the path to heaven.

A Curable Romantic is a novel of personal and historical exile that could spring only from the literary imagination of a virtuoso. Often fantastical yet always grounded in tradition and history, it is that rare literary feat —a truly incomparable tale, ingenuously told, peopled with characters who live on in the memory.

About Joseph Skibell:

Joseph Skibell is the author of two previous novels, A Blessing on the Moon and The English Disease. He has received a Halls Fiction Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, among other awards. He teaches at Emory University and is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

12 Comments On This Post:

February 22, 2011
10:28 am
James says...

Sounds interesting. I’d really like to read it!!!

February 22, 2011
10:28 am
Vanessa willis says...

Please enter me! Thanks!

February 22, 2011
10:34 am
Hyram says...

Wow! Sounds cool! I hope everybody gets a chance of winning! I hope I would be on of the winners! Thank you for providing me with this chance! :)

February 22, 2011
12:04 pm
Carol Grubbs says...

I would love to read such a highly regarded book. I have never read this author before.

February 22, 2011
12:18 pm
Dianne says...

This sounds like a fabulous read! Interested to learn
about this prize. Hoping to win.

February 22, 2011
2:23 pm
Faydra says...

Sounds unlike anything I’ve picked up before. Would love to read it!

February 22, 2011
2:38 pm
Jon says...

Congratulations to Joseph. I would love to win a copy of his book which I very much want to read. Thanks for the contest.

February 22, 2011
3:19 pm
Jessica M. says...

A Curable Romantic just sounds absolutely fantastic! Congratulations to Joseph, and a big thank you to Algonquin for the giveaway. :)

February 22, 2011
4:22 pm
Susan says...

Hmmmm – sounds very interesting! I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

February 23, 2011
6:46 am
Marion Fraley says...

It’s on my TBR list!

February 28, 2011
10:32 am
Mary Parker says...

Hello,
I love to read all the books getting buzz. Since this is nominated for an award, I want to read it even more. I love Algonquin books.

March 1, 2011
5:17 pm
Susan says...

I read his other book, can’t remember the title. I do believe it was the Holocaust. I do remember that I liked the read. Congrats to you for the Sami Rohr prize.

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