The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

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“Gripping, eloquent, moving, this is a powerful tale about what remains hidden and/or unspeakable in history.” —Elie WieselI, one
Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski,
Head Clerk of Closed Files,
a department of one,
work…
in a forgotten well of ghostly sighsThis astonishing novel in verse tells the story of Henryk Wyrzykowski, a drifting, haunted young man hiding from the Vietnam ...

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Overview

“Gripping, eloquent, moving, this is a powerful tale about what remains hidden and/or unspeakable in history.” —Elie WieselI, one
Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski,
Head Clerk of Closed Files,
a department of one,
work…
in a forgotten well of ghostly sighsThis astonishing novel in verse tells the story of Henryk Wyrzykowski, a drifting, haunted young man hiding from the Vietnam War in the basement of a San Francisco welfare building and translating his mother’s diaries. The diaries concern the Jedwabne massacre, an event that took place in German-occupied Poland in 1941. Wildly inventive, dark, beautiful, and unrelenting, The Wherewithal is a meditation on the nature of evil and the destruction of war.

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Editorial Reviews

Elie Wiesel
“Gripping, eloquent, moving, this is a powerful tale about what remains hidden and/or unspeakable in history.”
Maxine Kumin
“Faced with so much that has been written about the Holocaust, this dense compelling morality tale is a daring feat. I’ve never read anything that so brilliantly reaches beyond the efforts of mass extermination by the Nazis to the American onslaught in Vietnam—and makes poetry out of it.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Stunning….The Wherewithal is about evil and suffering and the human capacity for compassion. If the narrator, Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski, is broken, inconsistent, unreliable, inconclusive, it’s because of the strain of finding the wherewithal to face suffering on every human scale.”
Adam Plunkett - The New York Times Book Review
“Stunning….The Wherewithal is about evil and suffering and the human capacity for compassion.”
David Ulin - Los Angeles Times
“Philip Schultz's The Wherewithal is a book in which time has come undone. Taking place in San Francisco in 1968, it also reaches back to the Holocaust—specifically, the Jedwabne pogrom of July 1941, when Polish civilians killed more than 300 Jews. The Wherewithal is narrative as fever dream, chopped up, fragmented and stitched back together, less about realism than allegory.”
Jacob Silverman
“The Wherewithal is distinguished for its ability to braid together strands of narrative while leavening the story with unexpected bursts of humor… direct and precise in its emotional articulations.”
The Jewish Book Council
“This dark, deep book, full of emotion and motion, points forward, thinking in new ways about the Holocaust and its aftermath.”
Will Schutt - The East Hampton Star
“Philip Schultz’s The Wherewithal is an ambitious, bracing book about large-scale suffering…and human compassion.”
Ronald L. Sharp - The Kenyon Review
“Schultz has found a way not only to make these many narratives inform each other but to do so in the service of what becomes the lyric celebration of the possibility of love and beauty and heroic action in the face of ultimate darkness… What is so remarkable about this poem is its symphonic orchestration of conflicting tones—of outrage and anger, passion and compassion, guilt and longing; its pitch-perfect depiction of both ultimate horror and the possibilities for moral triumph and human connection.”
Adam Plunkett - New York Times Book Review
“Stunning. . . . The Wherewithal is about evil and suffering and the human capacity for compassion.”
Jewish Book Council
“This dark, deep book, full of emotion and motion, points forward, thinking in new ways about the Holocaust and its aftermath.”
Will Schutt - East Hampton Star
“An ambitious, bracing book about large-scale suffering…and human compassion.”
Ronald L. Sharp - Kenyon Review
“Schultz has found a way not only to make these many narratives inform each other but to do so in the service of what becomes the lyric celebration of the possibility of love and beauty and heroic action in the face of ultimate darkness… What is so remarkable about this poem is its symphonic orchestration of conflicting tones—of outrage and anger, passion and compassion, guilt and longing; its pitch-perfect depiction of both ultimate horror and the possibilities for moral triumph and human connection.”
Grace Schulman
“Profoundly lyrical, it is Schultz’s great strength to create ugliness so profound as to reveal life’s beauty. Reading it is to be swept in by its power. I am reminded of Rilke, who wrote that the artist, in order to see beauty must first see the horrible, that a single denial of the repulsive will force him out of the state of grace and make him utterly sinful. Philip Schultz lives forever in that state of grace. He has written a great book.”
Barbara Berman - The Rumpus
“A masterpiece. It takes a mysterious combination of humility, bravery, curiosity and skill to try to comprehend massive evil, and to illustrate that effort . . . an extraordinary volume of poetry. I repeat. We have been given a masterpiece.”
Maxine Kumin
“I’ve never read anything that so brilliantly reaches beyond the efforts of mass extermination by the Nazis to the American onslaught in Vietnam—and makes poetry out of it.”
James Lasdun
“An extraordinary piece of writing. As in his earlier work Schultz uses the resources of fiction, verse, and reportage to create something at once novelistic and deliriously poetic. . . . It left me reeling.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393240948
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 815,777
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Schultz is the author of collections of poetry including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Failure, and the memoir My Dyslexia. He is the founder and director of the Writers Studio and lives in East Hampton, New York.

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