by Ken Kalfus


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Thirst by Ken Kalfus

Distinguished by black comedy and an international perspective, Ken Kalfus' stories frequently fold into each other and are most often about the abrupt dislocation of people bumping into different cultures, be they real, hallucinated, dreamed, or desired. His characters — which include an endless line of refugees fleeing Sarajevo with no particular destination, an Irish au pair plagued by her own psychosexual fears in a Paris science museum, and an entirely fictitious baseball league — are constantly thumping their heads against a shifting reality. Kalfus' sympathetic portraits of human beings caught in the tectonic cultural shifts that disrupt our lives are frequently hilarious, consistently touching, and powerfully creative.

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ISBN-13: 9781571310811
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Born in New York, Ken Kalfus has lived in Paris, Dublin, Belgrade, and, most recently, Moscow. His stories have been published in many literary magazines, some in Serbo-Croatian and Russian translation. He has recently moved back to the States with his wife, Inga, and their daughter, Sky. This is his first collection of fiction. His second collection is soon to be published, and he is at work on a novel.


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

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