The Sacrifice of Abraham contains fifty short pieces composed in poetic prose, centering on the Biblical story of Isaac and Abraham: a father commanded by God to sacrifice his only son. As the orbit of the sequence circles around the sun of Isaac and Abraham, the book reveals its deeper themes: what is our relation to the past, history, and culture, whose force reaches us so much in the form of trash, hearsay, and gorgeous, illusory misinformation? How does culture live in our mind, and what shape does it take, particularly now that all of our knowledge exists in the abundant, eerie contiguity of the Internet? It is the Renaissance School of Athens in Grand Central Station.
Alexander Nemser is a writer, performer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, AGNI and Zeek. His one-man show, “Moshe Feldstein, Icon of Self-Realization,” premiered in the 2011 New York Fringe Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater, and was praised by The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog for its “incandescent, deracinating prose poetry.” He has performed his work internationally, from the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan, to the Galle Literary Festival in Galle, Sri Lanka.