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Bruno Sachs is a country doctor who makes house calls and feels deeply for his patients. There are broken bones, unwanted pregnancies, people without the will to live, a friend dying of cancer. His pity for his fellow creatures is both his motivating force and his own untreatable condition. Among the deaths, love affairs, and small town gossip, a love story emerges at the heart of the novel — between Dr. Sachs and a young woman upon whom he once performed an abortion.

The Case of Dr. Sachs is a novel of the doctor's life that recalls Chekhov's Ward Number Six for its rendering of the central character's misericordia. Written in the second person, The Case of Doctor Sachs is filled with voices of silent suffering and arias of quiet joy. In France, where The Case of Doctor Sachs sold more than 600,000 copies and was awarded the Prix du Livre Inter, the book has come to represent a new freedom of literary expression.

Author Martin Winckler was himself an M.D., and was, like Sachs, a family practitioner. His novel bravely holds up the mirror of literature to his own existence and holds out the possibility that literature, too, saves lives.

Review:

"This book is simultaneously a powerful critique of modern medicine by a former country doctor, a realistic romance, and a fascinating character study." Library Journal

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"A provincial doctor's dedication, intensity and rebellious attitude toward the medical establishment...is rendered vividly and movingly here." New Yorker

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"Poignant wihout being maudlin or unsentimental...the novel is full of insightful writing that can only come from someone who has watched people closely for a long time." The New England Journal of Medicine

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"[A] touching human document by a physician-writer...His words, simple and unpretentious, move us deeply." The Washington Post Book World

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"[A] startling frank portrait of a small town physician." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Bruno Sachs is a country doctor who makes house calls and feels deeply for his patients. There are broken bones, unwanted pregnancies, people without the will to live, a friend dying of cancer. His pity for his fellow creatures is both his motivating force and his own untreatable condition. Among the deaths, love affairs, and small town gossip, a love story emerges at the heart of the novel-between Dr. Sachs and a young woman upon whom he once performed an abortion.

The Case of Dr. Sachs is a novel filled with voices of silent suffering and arias of quiet joy, and one dedicated to the notion that literature, like medicine, can save lives.

About the Author

Marc Zaffran, alias Martin Winckler, was born in Algiers in 1955. His family moved to Israel and then, in 1962, to France. He obtained an M.D. in 1977, and, in 1983, opened his own office as a general practitioner. He also worked part time at a women's health center performing abortions.

In addition to his novels, Winckler has published numerous essays on social and medical issues. He has translated into French the works of Richard Powers, Patrick Macnee, and Nicholson Baker. Winckler lives in a small village in France with his wife and eight children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583222614
Translator:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Winckler, Martin
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 2001-04
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.00 x 6.00 in

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Product details 432 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583222614 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This book is simultaneously a powerful critique of modern medicine by a former country doctor, a realistic romance, and a fascinating character study."
"Review" by , "A provincial doctor's dedication, intensity and rebellious attitude toward the medical establishment...is rendered vividly and movingly here."
"Review" by , "Poignant wihout being maudlin or unsentimental...the novel is full of insightful writing that can only come from someone who has watched people closely for a long time."
"Review" by , "[A] touching human document by a physician-writer...His words, simple and unpretentious, move us deeply."
"Review" by , "[A] startling frank portrait of a small town physician."
"Synopsis" by , Bruno Sachs is a country doctor who makes house calls and feels deeply for his patients. There are broken bones, unwanted pregnancies, people without the will to live, a friend dying of cancer. His pity for his fellow creatures is both his motivating force and his own untreatable condition. Among the deaths, love affairs, and small town gossip, a love story emerges at the heart of the novel-between Dr. Sachs and a young woman upon whom he once performed an abortion.

The Case of Dr. Sachs is a novel filled with voices of silent suffering and arias of quiet joy, and one dedicated to the notion that literature, like medicine, can save lives.

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