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Sleep of Memory

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By Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780300238303
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Published: Yale University Press - October 16th, 2018

 

In this dreamy, moody novel, Nobel Prize winner for literature (2014) Patrick Modiano takes a backward glance - combing autobiography and fiction - to his youthful days in Paris, his unorthodox  childhood and his relationships with several mysterious women.  Nathan


Go, Went, Gone

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By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811225946
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

 

Superior writing about a retired professor from East Berlin who unwittingly befriends homeless African refugees. Subtle layering of ancient and recent history, politics and cultures. All delivered in quite gestures and conversations. Outstanding reviews from across the globe. Book group gold.

Molly


Oraefi: The Wasteland

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By Ofeigur Sigurosson, Lytton Smith (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781941920671
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 13th, 2018

 

Easy to summarize, but impossible to explain Oraefi is a strange amalgamation of explorer’s tale, travelogue, historical fiction, collection of dramatic monologues, and celebration of place names. Ostensibly the story of a scholar who nearly dies while exploring a wasteland in Iceland, the story meanders through multiple layers and narrators like a stream flowing from the glacier to the forest to the sea. It’s a wild ride, unlike anything you’ve read.

Josh


The Last Poets

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By Christine Otten, Jonathan Reeder (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781642860030
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Published: World Editions - October 2nd, 2018

 

How does history become mythology? How do people become legends? What are the borders of poetry and performance and what do we see when we swagger along those jagged edges? The Last Poets were real people; poets & performers at the very roots of hip hop who lived, suffered, and fought with America’s racism. Like the best biopics, Otten’s novel tells the stories of these specific lives in a way that speaks volumes about the world that surrounds them and us.

Josh


We

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By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Natasha Randall (Translated by), Bruce Sterling (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974621
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Published: Modern Library - July 11th, 2006

 

Who knew that a sci fi dystopian novel could be reminiscent of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy? Written under an oppressive Soviet State, WE is eerily relevant still. Powerfully human, Zamyatin's political novel could have been written yesterday to reflect on the world we live in.

 

Matthew


Bottom of the Sky

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By Rodrigo Fresan, Will Vanderhyden (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953786
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Published: Open Letter - May 29th, 2018

 

One part meditation on the early days of science fiction and one part meditation on the course of life into death, Fresan’s novel is utterly unique. For the first 100 pages you’ll think “This isn’t sci fi,” then something will happen to make you say, “Oh, yeah it is,” and then you’ll settle into understanding this beautiful book is in a genre all its own.

Josh


This Little Art

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ISBN: 9781910695456
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Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - April 4th, 2018

 

Far more than a book about translation, This Little Art, is a beautiful treatise on the reading life and the creative life. Through examining her own struggles translating Roland Barthes’s lecture notes, Briggs wanders through the all the questions you typically encounter in translation to get to something more fundamental about the power of words and what happens when we try to communicate with each other.  

Josh


Red, Yellow, Green

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ISBN: 9781771961417
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Published: Biblioasis - October 24th, 2017

 

Traumatized by crimes he participated in as a soldier in Bolivia, Alfredo hears voices. He tries to write letters. He tries to write his story. He tries to fall in love again. His memories mix with nightmares. Not only is this a striking exploration of what a trauma survivor's thoughts might look like, Sarvaria, uses a shattered narrative style to interrogate the idea of nationality and identity. Red, Yellow, Green is a powerful mess of a novel.

Josh


Belladonna

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By Dasa Drndic, Celia Hawkesworth (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811227216
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

What will books written about this time in history be like? If they are brilliantly erudite about complicity and politics, growing old and mortality, how we remember and forget history, and the quiet moments that stretch into our lives like cracks in glass, they’ll be like Belladonna. Drndic’s novel is thoughtful, funny, and profound. A must-read for fans of translation and anyone looking for a different perspective on our troubling times.

Josh


Translation as Transhumance

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By Mireille Gansel, Ros Schwartz (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781558614444
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Published: Feminist Press - November 14th, 2017

Truly brilliant and beautiful work on the nature of translation and how powerful the ability to reach across languages can be. One of those rare books you wish you’d read years earlier. Highly recommended to writers (it changed how I think about American English), readers of works in translation, and readers in general looking to extend their horizons.

Josh


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