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Kairos By Jenny Erpenbeck, Michael Hofmann (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811238533
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Published: New Directions - May 14th, 2024

Kairos is a story of the political forces that sweep through our most private, intimate lives. Set in East Berlin before the fall of the wall, Erpenbeck’s prose is pitch-perfect as she traces the end of a nation, and the painful love affair taking place therein between an older man, a childhood witness to Nazism, and a young woman brought up in the German Democratic Republic. Throughout this a destructive affair that mirrors the fracturing of country, art and music are studded like jewels. Erpenbeck moves seamlessly across the twinned interiors of her lovers; It is like watching a master violinist play two interlocking melodies: sometimes doubled, often dissonant, the effect is virtuosic.


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Fulgentius By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by) Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811231695
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Published: New Directions - March 7th, 2023

Avant-garde, improvisational, sardonic and surreal, Cesar Aira has written more than a hundred books, and gradually they are being brought to English through Chris Andrews’ extraordinary translation. This latest takes us to the height of a Roman Empire where the titular general leads his armies across Central Europe. Fulgentius, though, is more interested in the play he wrote as a teenager, than the conquering and bloodshed. As he goes from city to village to countryside, he stages productions of a tragic play, also called Fulgentius. The legions trample uprisings. Fulgentius muses on creation, art, all that is. Is this a meditation on the banality of evil, an essay on the fatuousness of the violent? Or a sincere travelogue, indebted to ancient thought? By turns humorous and elegiac, Fulgentius asks, “Why not both?”


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Of Cattle and Men By Ana Paula Maia, Zoë Perry (Translator) Cover Image
By Ana Paula Maia, Zoë Perry (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781913867492
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Published: Charco Press - April 11th, 2023

Of Cattle and Men has an apocalyptic sensibility that is not so much of a world at its end, as it is of violence stuck in an endless and eternal recurrence. The men here, caught in the workings of a remote slaughterhouse in Brazil, are written with tenderness and flawed humanity. This is a Western, a novel of the contemporary cowboy; and it is also, a factory novel, inhabiting a cyclical purgatory conveyed with a twisted humor worthy of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.


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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories By Lucia Berlin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

A Manual for Cleaning Women is a classic, an exemplary short story collection. Lucia Berlin writes about work, about waiting, and the fleeting human connections that happen at the laundromat, the bus stop, in the receiving area of an ER. Berlin wrote, and worked, and lived. And we are lucky to have been left with her words.


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The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care By Anne Boyer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250757982
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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2020

Drawing on the writings of Susan Sontag, Audre Lorde, renaissance-poet John Donne, and cancer vloggers, The Undying is an omnivorous inquiry into what it means to be ill in America. Amid this, a meditation on art, language, and loss. Like all great critics, Boyer’s writing is personal, political, and of deep public importance.


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What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance By Carolyn Forché Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525560395
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Published: Penguin Books - February 11th, 2020

What You Have Heard Is True is a lesson in seeing, in not looking away. Forché takes us into the “secret Vietnam” that was U.S.-backed El Salvador in the ‘70s and ‘80s. With a sensibility attuned to the rhythms of language, she removes the various layers of blindness that allowed these horrors to be perpetuated. Forché’s prose has a secret force, propulsive and urgent, that keeps you magnetically sealed to the page. This book should be picked up by any reader who strives to become a better witness.


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The Holy Days of Gregorio Pasos By Rodrigo Restrepo Montoya Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953387332
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 11th, 2023

Gregorio Pasos is in his thirties when he breaks several ribs in a pick-up soccer game. On the couch, in a painkiller haze, he recalls the year he turned eighteen: when he wrote a love note to his literature teacher,got suspended from high school, and was sent to his uncle’s to be out of the way. Restrepo Montoya writes about inheritance, buried tragedy, and the drive to build a life amid political upheaval – with ease, clarity, and tenderness.


The Emigrants By W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse (Translated by) Cover Image
By W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811226141
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Published: New Directions - November 8th, 2016

Who are our dead? And, what is the nature of memory? Told as four biographies, four lives touched by fascism and violence, The Emigrants changed forever the way that I read and what I expect from the novel. W.G. Sebald's prose -- measured, poetic -- weaves together a tapestry that feels like remembering, even on your first read.


Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Herman Melville, Nathaniel Philbrick (Foreword by), Tony Millionaire (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Nathaniel Philbrick (Foreword by), Tony Millionaire (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780143105954
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

The second-best story told about whales (Star Trek IV being #1). Queequeg is the inspiration for every Buster Keaton character. Melville is Bob Dylan before Bob Dylan. It’s easy to be intimidated by the size, the reputation, the connoted pretentiousness of this book. Don’t be - I beg you. Cast off that baggage and set yourself adrift on one of the funniest, weirdest, most unusually intimate voyages ever set to words.


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Sidewalks By Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Cees Nooteboom (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Cees Nooteboom (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781566893565
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

Sidewalks is what I look for in a collection of essays. I love the geographic, spatial particularity of these pieces. This is writer as wanderer, yes, but also as one who locates us, a guide, and a magpie-like collector of beauty, carefully returning us to a world a little more magical.


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A Shining By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781945492778
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Published: Transit Books - October 31st, 2023

A Shining is a surreal dream, a horror show of runaway logic, a novel-as-poetic-monologue unfolding in real time that recalls Samuel Beckett and Robert Frost. I read it in a single sitting, and I swear to you I could feel the cold, the dark, and the snow settling around me.


Texas: The Great Theft By Carmen Boullosa, Samantha Schnee (Translator) Cover Image
By Carmen Boullosa, Samantha Schnee (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781941920008
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - December 2nd, 2014

The only novel I've read with over a hundred named characters. I loved every moment of it. Masterful.