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Beowulf

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Beowulf: A New Translation Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780374110031
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

This new translation of Beowulf is everything the version you (perhaps begrudgingly) read in high school was not. The language is fresh and florid, brimming with alliteration and bravado and modern slang. Headley translates the characters of this age-old poem into people we can recognize, instead of the granite giants of legend. It is, in a word, readable, and delightfully so. Her introduction is also its own work of art; it would be worth the purchase for that alone. 

 

Meaghan


At the Lucky Hand

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At the Lucky Hand: Aka the Sixty-Nine Drawers Cover Image
By Goran Petrovic, Peter Agnone (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646050147
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Pushing the idea of a "community of readers" to fantastical and fascinating extremes and bending it around a classic story of separated lovers and hopeless romantics, At the Lucky hand is like Shadow of the Wind told through the lens of playful deconstruction. It is a book lover's book that celebrates what we share in books, while wondering at all the ways we can love through them.

Josh


Beowulf

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Beowulf: A New Translation Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780374110031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

This new translation of Beowulf is everything the version you (perhaps begrudgingly) read in high school was not. The language is fresh and florid, brimming with alliteration and bravado and modern slang. Headley translates the characters of this age-old poem into people we can recognize, instead of the granite giants of legend. It is, in a word, readable, and delightfully so. Her introduction is also its own work of art; it would be worth the purchase for that alone. 

Meaghan


Grieving

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Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932931
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Published: Feminist Press - October 6th, 2020

 

Grieving is a hard read, but the central idea is so beautiful, the heart-punches you take along the way are worth it. To be human is to be vulnerable but we can envelop that vulnerability in community so that no one is helpless. Though directly about the tragedies surrounding the drug war in Mexico, Grieving illuminates more general human experiences of trauma, national myth, and politics. And I might read the last chapter, "Keep Writing," once a month to help me keep going.

Josh


Silent Fury

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A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781911508786
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Published: And Other Stories - June 16th, 2020

 

A plaque. A press release. A mislabeled photograph. Like a paleontologist drawing a beast from a jaw bone, Herrera tells a story greed, imperialism, and complicity from a few fragments of information. The El Bordo Mine Fire is just one almost forgotten tragedy but, like Rukeyser's Book of the Dead, the bright, poetic light Herrera shines on it with A Silent Fury, casts a shadow on our biggest questions.

Josh


The Dreamed Part

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781948830058
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Published: Open Letter - November 12th, 2019

 

At times baffling, at times exuberant, at times your curmudgeonly profession uncle who doesn’t like smart phones, at times breathtaking, The Dreamed Part is less a book and more a mind-altering substance. Fresan writes about and towards that pliable mental state between waking & dreaming. A tremendous literary accomplishment with some of the most amazing prose about books & reading I’ve ever seen in a novel. 

Josh


The Emissary

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

 

The Emissary, one of the strangest and most inventive stories that I’ve read, follows a day in the lives of a Japanese grandfather and grandson after an unnamed environmental catastrophe. In this dystopian world, children are born frail and sickly while the elderly remain healthy and strong. Due to the pollution, most animals and plants have gone extinct, everyone changes sex at least once in their lives, and old holidays have been replaced with new ones like “Being Alive is Enough Day”. Translated from its original Japanese, this short novel pushes the boundary of both language and visions of the future.

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

 

What is the best way to live in a cruel and barbaric world? How should we value the lives of animals compared to those of humans? Who is worthy of a voice? These are the questions confronting Janina—an elderly astrologist living in a rural Polish village. Translated from its original Polish in 2018, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a dark fable with a complicated morality and eccentric humor fit for our contemporary predicaments. 

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults 


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