Books in Translation

Linea Nigra – Jazmina Barrera

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The fragments on the page show the reader what it is to try and create time in the newborn days.

Living Pictures – Polina Barskova

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Barskova, throughout her career, has used her historical research as the starting point for creative works, producing opportunities to breathe new, imaginative life into an archived past. 

Yesterday – Juan Emar

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Emar reminds us that neither in books nor in life do we ever have direct access to reality, but that this can serve as a liberating restraint, an invitation to create.

The Love Parade – Sergio Pitol

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“The talk in The Love Parade is motivated by the classic structure of the detective plot.”

The Employees – Olga Ravn

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“In Olga Ravn’s The Employees humans and humanoids show a way forward for a calamitous earth.”

The Life and Death of a Minke Whale in the Amazon and Other Stories of the Brazilian Rainforest – Fábio Zuker

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An interesting consequence occurs in the titular tale, when time seems to proceed not along any linear or standardized path, but according to the Minke Whale’s appearance, disappearance, reappearance.

Woman Running in the Mountains – Yuko Tsushima

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“Her emphasis on atmosphere over psychological realism makes Woman Running in the Mountains go down easy: it is beautiful even when awful things are happening.”

Lucky Breaks – Yevgenia Belorusets

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LUCKY BREAKS lives within [a] precarious zone of intermittent warfare, teetering on the proverbial knife’s edge, anxiously anticipating Russia’s now-realized escalation.

The Bear Woman – Karolina Ramqvist

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Ramqvist’s excavation of the process of creation and research, delay and anxiety, is both multi-layered and intriguing.

Gentlemen Callers – Corinne Hoex

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These men are anonymous outside of their professions and even their professions serve only to creatively appease female desire.