Books in Translation

Aphelia – Mikella Nicol

There is motive to this movement, if difficult female narrators can be called a movement.

The Memory Police – Yoko Ogawa

That there should be such ambiguity between perpetrator and victim is, it seems, part of the tragedy of totalitarianism: one can fully escape neither victimhood nor complicity.

Until Stones Become Lighter Than Water – António Lobo Antunes

This new book demonstrates Lobo Antunes’ trajectory as a novelist, which could be described as a gradual broadening of scope, an attempt to incorporate more and more diverse voices into his fictions.

Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyó Vestrini – Miyó Vestrini

Poems are too little, too. That’s why we need grenades, it would seem.

Human Matter: A Fiction – Rodrigo Rey Rosa

The Guatemalan novelist Rodrigo Rey Rosa might have invented a new way for metafiction to feel.

Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Schweblin

The dark suggestion at the heart of MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS is that perhaps the surreal and the strange is in fact the ordinary.

Intimate Ties – Robert Musil

Read in the broadest terms, in the context of literary modernism, INTIMATE TIES seems especially concerned with the psyche, sexuality, and repression.

All My Goodbyes – Mariana Dimópulos

Dimópulos works directly against one of the age-old creative writing workshop adages: don’t lose your reader in time.

Max Havelaar or, The Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company – Multatuli

No anti-colonial tract more effectively debunked the, by then, three-century-old system which—tweaked and window-dressed to pacify the progressives of each generation—had enriched Europe while shredding colonized societies everywhere.

The Skin is the Elastic Covering that Encases the Entire Body – Bjørn Rasmussen

Rasmussen has managed to stretch the soul in the way a butcher might stretch flesh, asking us to consider the roots of our desires and the depths of our longings.