The Greatest Jewish American Lover in Hungarian History (Paperback)

By Michael Blumenthal

Etruscan Press, 9780988692244, 218pp.

Publication Date: August 19, 2014

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Etan Yogev had had no experience in bed--and hardly any outside of it--and it was not without a strong feeling of awkwardness and insecurity that he had first allowed Daphna Flinker to guide his somewhat ambivalent member into her own body, and his lips against her lips. She enjoyed it--this teacherly role--it had been a very long time since she had been able to practice the art of sexual instruction, and there was something exciting and alluring about this--all that innocence in a single place "

A humorous and heartrending portrait of expatriate life, "The Greatest Jewish American Lover in Hungarian History" draws upon the hazards and confusions that occur when the Old World meets the New. In venues as diverse as Israel, Hungary, Paris, Cambridge, and even Texas, the stories portray life in an increasingly connected and globalized world. Michael Blumenthal displays the erotic zest of Philip Roth and the grim humanism of Isaak Babel.

Michael Blumenthal, formerly director of creative writing at Harvard, graduated from the Cornell Law School with a JD degree in 1974, after studying philosophy and economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His eighth book of poems, "No Hurry," was published by Etruscan Press in 2012. He is currently a visiting professor of law at the West Virginia University College of Law.



About the Author

Michael Blumenthal, formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, graduated from the Cornell Law School with a J.D. degree in 1974, after studying philosophy and economics at the State U. of New York at Binghamton. His seventh book of poems, "And," was published by BOA Editions in May, 2009 and his eighth, "No Hurry," was published by Etruscan Press in 2012. He is the author of the memoir "All My Mothers and Fathers" (Harper Collins, 2002), and of "Dusty Angel" (BOA Editions, 1999). His novel "Weinstock Among The Dying," which won Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction, has recently been re-issued in paperback, and his collection of essays from Central Europe, "When History Enters the House," was published in 1998. A frequent translator from the German, French and Hungarian, he practices psychotherapy with Anglophone expatriates in Budapest and spends summers at his house in a small village near the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary. In May of 2007, he spent a month in South Africa working with orphaned infant chacma baboons at the C.A.R.E. foundation in Phalaborwa, an experience about which he has written for "Natural History" and "The Washington Post Magazine." He is currently Visiting Professor of Law at The West Virginia University College of Law.
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