At a glance:
- Author: Woody Allen
- First Published: 1977
- Type of Plot: Parody
- Time of Work: The 1970’s
- Setting: New York City and Yonville, France
- Characters: Sidney Kugelmass, Daphne Kugelmass, Dr. Mandel, Persky, Emma Bovary
- Genres: Short fiction, Parody
- Subjects: Literature, Fantasy, Reading, Comedy, Pretensions, Happiness
- Locales: France, Europe, United States, North America, Yonville, France, New York, New York
Psychoanalysis is incapable of curing the civilized discontent of Professor Sidney Kugelmass. He feels frustrated in his second marriage—to a woman whom he regards as an overweight oaf—and pressured by the alimony and child support that he must pay his first wife. He longs to transcend the banality of his existence and fantasizes doing so in an adulterous affair with a glamorous woman.
His opportunity comes with an unexpected phone call from a tinker in Brooklyn who dubs himself “The Great Persky.” Persky has constructed a cabinet that can somehow...
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