Books by Ken Kalfus

EQUILATERAL by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2013

"Kalfus maps the boundary between science and mysticism while simultaneously muddying, in a way the 20th century soon would, the previously bright line between scientific certainty and arrogant, self-deluded error."
The fifth book and third novel by Kalfus (whose wonderful A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, a National Book Award finalist of 2006, dared to make 9/11 the backdrop to a divorce comedy) is a slender but ambitious tragicomedy of ideas set in 1890s Egypt. Read full book review >
A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2006

"An interesting departure from Kalfus's Slavic-inflected earlier fiction (including PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, 1999). Astringent, accomplished black comedy."
The fallout from 9/11 casts a pall over an already moribund marriage in Kalfus's second novel (following his terrific The Commissariat of Enlightenment, 2003). Read full book review >
THE COMMISSARIAT OF ENLIGHTENMENT by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A brilliant fusion of satire, science fiction, and political commentary. Gogol is probably tearing his hair out, wishing he'd dreamed this up."
An inventive first novel briskly reimagines 20th-century Russian history. Read full book review >
PU-239 by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1999

A second collection, including six stories and a novella, by the worldly-wise (and evidently well-traveled) author of last year's crackling, cosmopolitan debut volume, Thirst. Read full book review >

THIRST by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1998

It's not easy to identify author Kalfus in this debut volume, since its mode, manner, and voice change as with the colors of the chameleon. Read full book review >