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Godl

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By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor)
$11.96
ISBN: 9781681375335
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2022

 

For folks unfamiliar with Rumi, Haleh Liza's translation is the perfect introduction. Rumi was a Muslim poet in 13th cen. Persia, and his work has often been translated by westerners who struggled with the original language. Haleh's translation is vibrant and accessible, and through her skill with both languages, she offers readers a glimpse at the love Rumi held for his friend and teacher, Shams, which echoes through the centuries. Even as someone who doesn't usually enjoy poetry, this collection has served as a source of joy. I can't recommend it enough. 

Murphy


Aquí Era El Paraíso / Here Was Paradise

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Aquí Era El Paraíso / Here Was Paradise: Selección de Poemas de Humberto Ak'abal / Selected Poems of Humberto Ak'abal Cover Image
By Humberto Ak'abal, Amelia Lau Carling (Illustrator), Hugh Hazelton (Translator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773064956
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 3rd, 2021

Simple but beautiful poetry paired with the most perfect of illustrations. The dual language presentation is great for those new to learning either language, or just new to reading in general. This is the type of book that speaks to any age.

Stacey


Three Novels

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Three Novels: Kingdom Cons, Signs Preceding the End of the World, the Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781913505240
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Published: And Other Stories - September 14th, 2021

Something happens when we draw lines on a map. Herrera’s trilogy, collected here in one volume for the first time, is a stunning and challenging exploration of the relationship between borders, power, & people. And you’ll want to break out the highlighter. Herrara’s prose is absolutely hypnotic and beautiful.

Josh


Beowulf

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$16.00
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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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


Grieving

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Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country Cover Image
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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


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