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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)
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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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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


Judas

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By Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544464049
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 8th, 2016

This brilliant new novel by one of Israel's foremost writers and longtime left-wing political activists (often himself called a traitor) weaves together the stories of two "traitors" whose characterization as such, in Oz's telling, becomes much less clear: the biblical Judas, and a fictional early Zionist who was thrown out of the Zionist Congress because he advocated a unified Jewish-Arab state instead of what became modern Israel. The result is a nuanced story which manages to be full of ideas and philosophy while never being boring or pedantic.

David


Tell Me How it Ends

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By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Luiselli introduces us to one of the forgotten figures and tragic heroes of contemporary America: the child who risked everything to come here. Through stories about specific children and consideration of our immigration system, Luiselli sheds light on what most of us would choose to ignore and gives new meaning to the question: Why are we here? Books like this are like dew on a spider web, revealing the often forgotten and sometimes ignored threads of humanity that connect us all.

Josh


In Praise of Defeat

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ISBN: 9780914671596
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Published: Archipelago - January 17th, 2017

This a powerful career spanning collection by a poet who was tortured and jailed for eight years for his political activism in Morocco. The poetry is dark and unsettling but also beautiful and uplifting. Laabi’s voice is one of proud, even exuberant defiance. This collection is a punch to jaw, but the kind of punch that lets you know you’re ready to fight.

Josh


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