Coup De Foudre

Coup De Foudre

A Novella and Stories

Book - 2015
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"[This] book is anchored by the full text of the provocatively topical title novella that appeared in Harper's, a sometimes farcical, ultimately tragic story about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York hotel. Recalling the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair with irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers international political gridlock and the hypocrisies of acceptable sexual conduct. In 'The Moment They Were Waiting For,' a murderer on death row casts a spell granting the inhabitants of his city the foreknowledge of the dates they will die. In 'v. The Large Hadron Collider,' a judge distracted by the faint possibility of an adulterous affair must decide whether to throw out a nuisance lawsuit that raises the even fainter possibility that the entire Earth may be destroyed. 'The Un' is a nostalgic story of a young writer's struggles as he tries to surmount the colossal, heavily guarded wall that apparently separates writers who have been published from those who have not"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781620400852
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Coup de foudre
The moment they were waiting for
Factitious airs
In Borges' library
Teach your Tsilanti : preface
"City of spies"
Square Paul-Painlevé
v. The large hadron collider
The future
Mercury
Mr. Iraq
Shvartzer
Laser
The un-
Professor Arecibo
Instructions for my literary executors.
Summary: "[This] book is anchored by the full text of the provocatively topical title novella that appeared in Harper's, a sometimes farcical, ultimately tragic story about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York hotel. Recalling the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair with irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers international political gridlock and the hypocrisies of acceptable sexual conduct. In 'The Moment They Were Waiting For,' a murderer on death row casts a spell granting the inhabitants of his city the foreknowledge of the dates they will die. In 'v. The Large Hadron Collider,' a judge distracted by the faint possibility of an adulterous affair must decide whether to throw out a nuisance lawsuit that raises the even fainter possibility that the entire Earth may be destroyed. 'The Un' is a nostalgic story of a young writer's struggles as he tries to surmount the colossal, heavily guarded wall that apparently separates writers who have been published from those who have not"-- Provided by publisher.

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