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									Ken KalfusKen Kalfus
Ken Kalfus, who Salon calls "a writer of chameleonic fluency," writes novels and stories that address modern living in America through his unique perspective of having spent extensive time abroad. His latest novel, a dark comedy that follows the unraveling of a marriage in the aftermath of 9/11, earned a 2006 National Book Award nomination.

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Ken Kalfus
Current Home:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
April 9, 1954
Place of Birth:
Bronx, New York
The New School for Social Research, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University
Salon Fiction Award for Thirst, 1999; Village Voice Writer on the Verge, 1999

2006 National Book Award Finalist, Fiction

Published Works

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								A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, Author: 
								Ken Kalfus.

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A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
by Ken Kalfus
Kalfus's rollicking black comedy covers terrorism, war, and conjugal strife, all the while revisiting some of the most peculiar episodes in current American history. "Powerful... Kalfus skewers the pieties surrounding 9/11," praised The New Yorker.

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								The Commissariat of Enlightenment, Author: 
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*  Christopher Morley's Philadelphia (Editor) (1990)
*  Thirst (1998)
*  PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies (1999)
*  The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003)
*  A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (2006)

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A Writer's Rituals

In our interview, we asked Kalfus to tell us about any special writing rituals he might have. "I perform a single ritual that I perform every time before I write," he reveals. "I crawl under my desk and disconnect my DSL."

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Kalfus's Reading Recommendations

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								Thirst, Author: 
								Ken Kalfus.

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by Ken Kalfus
Kalfus's first work of fiction, this collection of 14 tales is an interesting mix of settings, characters, and themes. Drawing from his extensive experiences abroad, Kalfus presents funny and poignant portraits of people caught in the cultural shifts that disrupt their lives. The stories "draw our eyes to structures and considerations usually associated with European and South American fabulists, not American writers born in the Bronx," observed The New York Times.

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								Rabbit, Run, Author: 
								John Updike.

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Rabbit, Run
by John Updike
We also asked Kalfus to tell us about his all-time favorite books. "The entire Rabbit series stands as a monument to a certain generation, living a certain way of life in a certain country, and is one of the greatest achievements in American literature," he explains of John Updike's classic series. Read our interview to learn more about Kalfus's must-reads, including:

*Labyrinths  by Jorge Luis Borges
*Pale Fire  by Vladimir Nabokov
*The Fermata  by Nicholson Baker
*The Ghost Writer  by Philip Roth, Vintage Books
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