The Double Life of Alfred Buber

By David Schmahmann
(The Permanent Press, Hardcover, 9781579622183)

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

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The Double Life of Alfred Buber is a memoir about an illicit love affair that one gradually begins to realize is rather different than the author confesses. Alfred Buber is a pillar of his community, a respected man with a secret, and a secret life, until one day the two cross over and even he can no longer tell which is real and which is not. Buber’s passion for women is matched only by his inability to relate to them, and after years of bruising attempts to find love he seeks his escape in an illegitimate and all encompassing romance with a Bangkok bargirl. She may reciprocate. She may not. Buber’s dilemma—to believe in her, and in what he is doing, or not, to bring her home to Boston, or not, to continue a wholly respectable life that is bringing him no happiness, or not—is the premise of this truly unforgettable love story, and its equally unforgettable, completely flawed, lovers.
David Schmahmann’s second novel has a kinship with Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction, given its elegance of language, humor, and content that deals with obsession, loneliness, folly, heartache, and the thin line separating reality from fantasy.

About the Author
DAVID SCHMAHMANN’s first novel, Empire Settings, published by Plume in 2002, won the SUNY John Gardner Book Award in 2003 and was also the South African Sunday Times Book of the Week. Born and raised in South Africa, he is an attorney (and American citizen) who lives and practices in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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