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The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx


The highly anticipated second novel in Nersesian’s THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES series.

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What people are saying…

“Nersesian is a first-rate observer of his native New York.”
Publishers Weekly

“Arthur Nersesian’s fresh take on the saga of legendary urban planner Robert Moses unfolds as a double narrative, each interlocking half as compelling as the other. This riveting, intricately plotted novel carries the reader through various worlds—some real, others fantastic—to a breathtaking finale.”
—Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man

“Nersesian is this generation’s Mark Twain and the East River is his Mississippi.”
—Jennifer Belle, author of High Maintenance


Autographed copies of The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx are available for purchase.

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The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Swing Voter of Staten Islandthe first two installments in Nersesian’s series of novels offering an alternate history of New York: The Five Books of Moses.

Robert Moses was responsible for creating contemporary New York’s infrastructure, but he did so at the cost of destroying neighborhoods. In this novel, Robert has looted his brother Paul’s share of the Moses family fortune, repeatedly blocked his attempts at gaining public office, thwarted his career in the private sector, and set in motion events that will decimate Paul’s home life. Paul Moses’s deep-seated rage metamorphoses into an act of terrorism committed against his brother and against a city that he once cherished.

Although it can be read as a stand-alone novel about Robert and Paul Moses, The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx is also a memory play that follows Uli Sarkisian—the hero of The Swing Voter of Staten Island—en route to solving a massive historical crime, while desperately struggling to escape from becoming another one of its victims.

Read a New York Times feature story on Arthur Nersesian.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Published: 10/1/08
  • IBSN: 9781933354606
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070510


ARTHUR NERSESIAN is the author of nine novels, including The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx, The Swing Voter of Staten Island, Suicide Casanova, Manhattan Loverboy, East Village Tetrology, the cult-classic The Fuck-Up (more than 100,000 copies sold), dogrun, and Mesopotamia. He lives in New York City.

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