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Lost Time

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By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
$12.76
ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018

 

One of the most beautiful statements on the power of reading I’ve ever read. Whether you know Proust or not, Czapski’s story of using literature to stay sane and build community in a Soviet prison is profoundly moving. Even more impressive, his reading of Proust is absolutely brilliant; insightful if you’ve read Proust and a great place to start if you haven’t.

Josh


The Hole

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By Jose Revueltas, Amanda Hopkinson (Translator), Sophie Hughes (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811227780
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 30th, 2018

 

The Hole is a cross between Blood Meridian, Train Dreams, and Jean Genet’s works set in prisons. Yes, Revueltas fits all of that into into this little explosive seed. Reading it is about a four hour experience; one hour to read it and three hours to stare at a wall recovering from it.

Josh


Mars

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By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator), Ellen Elias-Bursac (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932481
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Published: Feminist Press - March 12th, 2019

 

Reading Bakic's stories is like sitting down in a chair with uneven legs right as you’re told the authorities are on their way, & this time, they're not bringing the robots. Unsettling in unsettling ways, Bakic's mix of realism with science fiction & fabulism occupies the uncanny valley between the recognizable & the unrecognizable, unsheathing the weirdness of daily life & presenting a picture of humanity that is unsettling because of how quickly you recognize it.

Josh


Lost Children Archive

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

 

Finishing the book feels like the beginning of your own journey, to track down the literary and historic references, to critique a society and culture that "removes" people, to recover the moments from you own life when you first realized how big the world around you is, but without any kind of heavy-handed moralization or didactic injunctions. The characters are so thoughtful and rich that you're inspired to grow so you can have a conversation with them.

Josh


Confessions of the Fox

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

 

One part sexy rogue’s tale, one part intellectual exploration of the nature of history, one part examination of how people are marginalized by the powerful, all wrapped up in a tale of frustrated love and surveillance, this wild novel wriggles through genres, tones, and themes like a Dickensian pickpocket disappearing into a crowded London street. You won’t read anything like it this year. One of my favorite books of 2018.

Josh


Noma Guide to Fermentation

 

One of the world’s greatest restaurants lets you in on its secret ingredients. With a little patient diligence any home chef can use fermentation to vastly expand the flavors they can create. I’ve already made two batches of lacto-tomatoes (my gazpacho will never be the same!). For the foodie, the scientist, and the home cook looking to take a big step forward.

Josh


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 - October 2nd, 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


Confessions of the Fox

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

 

One part sexy rogue’s tale, one part intellectual exploration of the nature of history, one part examination of how people are marginalized by the powerful, all wrapped up in a tale of frustrated love and surveillance, this wild novel wriggles through genres, tones, and themes like a Dickensian pickpocket disappearing into a crowded London street. You won’t read anything like it this year. One of my favorite books of 2018.

Josh


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 - April 3rd, 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


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