DOCTOR OLAF VAN SCHULER'S BRAIN

Menger-Anderson, Kirsten.

ISBN 10: 1565125614 / ISBN 13: 9781565125612
Published by Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2008. dj, 2008
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's unique and highly praised first book, a series of interconnected stories which cover almost five centuries of "peculiar" New York doctors from the 17th century when Dr. Olaf van Schuler emigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam in 1664 to today. Each generation applies what was then the current medical wisdom to things like explaining a death by spontaneous combustion, resuscitating a boy's corpse and using phrenology to predict human behavior. SIGNED on the title page. Small format. 290 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 55327

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Title: DOCTOR OLAF VAN SCHULER'S BRAIN

Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2008. dj

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1664 Dr. Olaf van Schuler flees the Old World and arrives in New Amsterdam with his lunatic mother, two bags of medical implements, and a carefully guarded book of his own medicines. He is the first in what will become a long line of peculiar physicians. Plagued by madness and guided by an intense desire to cure human affliction, each generation of this unusual family is driven by the science of its day: spontaneous combustion, phrenology, animal magnetism, electrical shock treatment, psychosurgery, genetic research. As they make their way in the world, New York City, too, evolves—from the dark and rough days of the seventeenth century to the towering, frenetic metropolis of today.

Like Patrick Süskind's classic novel Perfume, Kirsten Menger-Anderson's debut is a literary cabinet of curiosities—fascinating and unsettling, rich and utterly singular.

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Kirsten Menger-Anderson's stories have been short-listed for the Andre Dubus Award, the Richard Yates Award, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, and the Iowa Review story contest and have appeared in a number of literary publications. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and baby.

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