Friday, January 18, 2019


Manzoor Ahtesham, The Tale of the Missing Man, trans. Jason Grunebaum & Ulrike Stark (Northwestern University Press)
Yvan Alagbé, Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (New York Review Comics)
Gabriela Alemán, Poso Wells, trans. Dick Cluster (City Lights Books) 
Ahmet Altan, Like a Sword Wound, trans. Brendan Freely & Yelda Türedi (Europa Editions)
Maxim Amelin, The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin, trans. Derek Mong & Anne O. Fisher (White Pine Press)
Nathacha Appanah, Waiting for Tomorrow, trans. Geoffrey Strachan (Graywolf Press)
Pénélope Bagieu, Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, trans. Montana Kane (Ebury Press)
Giorgio Bassani, The Novel of Ferrara, trans. Jamie McKendrick (W. W. Norton)
Maïssa Bey, Do You Hear in the Mountains . . . and Other Stories, trans. Erin Lamm (University of Virginia Press)
Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Empty Set, trans. Christina MacSweeney (Coffee House Press)
Therese Bohman, Eventide, trans. Marlaine Delargy (Other Press)
Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, What We Owe, trans. Elizabeth Jane Clark Wessel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Tanella Boni, The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn, trans. Todd Fredson (University of Nebraska Press)
Beatriz Bracher, I Didn’t Talk, trans. Adam Morris (New Directions)
Dror Burstein, Muck, trans. Gabriel Levin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Arnaldo Calveyra, Letters So That Happiness, trans. Elizabeth Zuba (Ugly Duckling Press)
José Manuel Cardona, Birnam Wood / El Bosque de Birnam: A Poetic Anthology, trans. Hélène Cardona (Salmon Poetry)
Paolo Cognetti, The Eight Mountains, trans. Simon Carnell & Erica Segre (Atria)
Mia Couto, Woman of the Ashes, trans. David Brookshaw (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Christelle Dabos, A Winter’s Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet, trans. Hildegarde Serle (Europa Editions)
Jabbour Douaihy, Printed in Beirut, trans. Paula Haydar (Interlink)
Gaël Faye, Small Country, trans. Sarah Ardizzone (Hogarth)
Rodrigo Fresán, The Bottom of the Sky, trans. Will Vanderhyden (Open Letter)
Julián Fuks, Resistance, trans. Daniel Hahn (Charco Press)
Inga Gaile, 30 Questions People Don’t Ask: Selected Poems, trans. Ieva Lešinska (Pleiades Press)
Alisa Ganieva, Bride and Groom, trans. Carol Apollonio (Deep Vellum)
Margarita García Robayo, Fish Soup, trans. Charlotte Coombe (Charco Press)
Stella Gitano, Withered Flowers: Short Stories, trans. Anthony Calderbank (Rafiki)
Hubert Haddad, Desirable Body, trans. Alyson Waters (Yale University Press)
Nora Ikstena, Soviet Milk, trans. Margita Gailitis (Peirene Press)
Jin Eun-young, We, Day by Day, trans. Daniel Parker & YoungShil Ji (White Pine Press)
Uwe Johnson, Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl, trans. Damion Searls (NYRB)
Najla Jraissaty Khoury, ed., Pearls on a Branch: Tales from the Arab World Told by Women, trans. Inea Bushnaq (Archipelago Books)
Mieko Kawakami, Ms Ice Sandwich, trans. Louise Heal Kawai (Pushkin Press)
Esther Kinsky, River, trans. Iain Galbraith (Transit Books)
Ibrahim al-Koni, The Fetishists, trans. William M. Hutchins (University of Texas Press)
Roque Larraquy, Comemadre, trans. Heather Cleary (Coffee House Press)
Cixin Liu, Ball Lightning, trans. Joel Martinsen (Tor Books)
Luljeta Lleshanaku, Negative Space, trans. Ani Gjika (New Directions)
Shahriar Mandanipour, Moon Brow, trans. Sara Khalili (Restless Books)
Brice Matthieussent, Revenge of the Translator, trans. Emma Ramadan (Deep Vellum) 
Dunya Mikhail, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, trans. Max Weiss & Dunya Mikhail (New Directions)
Yukiko Motoya, The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories, trans. Asa Yoneda (Soft Skull Press)
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore, trans. Phillip Gabriel & Ted Goossen (Knopf)
Perumal Murugan, One Part Woman, trans. Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Black Cat) 
Trifonia Melibea Obono, La Bastarda, trans. Lawrence Schimel (Feminist Press) 
Ondjaki, Transparent City, trans. Stephen Henighan (Biblioasis)
Masatsugu Ono, Lion Cross Point, trans. Angus Turvill (Two Lines Press)
Anna Maria Ortese, Neapolitan Chronicles, trans. Ann Goldstein & Jenny McPhee (New Vessel Press)
Gunnhild Øyehaug, Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life, trans. Kari Dickson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Abdulla Pashew, Dictionary of Midnight, trans. Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse (Phoneme Media) 
Hagar Peeters, Malva, trans. Vivien Glass (DoppelHouse Press) 
Sergio Pitol, Mephisto’s Waltz, trans. George Henson (Deep Vellum) 
Alejandra Pizarnik, The Galloping Hour: French Poems, trans. Patricio Ferrari & Forrest Gander (New Directions) 
Agneta Pleijel, Sister and Brother: A Family Story, trans. Harald Hille (Gallaudet University Press)
The Popol Vuh, trans. Michael Bazzett (Milkweed Editions)
Edy Poppy, Anatomy. Monotony., trans. May-Brit Akerholt (Dalkey Archive)
Nayrouz Qarmout, The Sea Cloak and Other Stories, trans. Perween Richards (Comma Press) 
Roberto Ransom, Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists, trans. Daniel Shapiro (Swan Isle Press)
Shahad Al Rawi, The Baghdad Clock, trans. Luke Leafgren (Oneworld)
Yasmina Reza, Babylon, trans. Linda Asher (Seven Stories)
Jérôme Ruillier, The Strange, trans. Hegle Dacher (Drawn & Quarterly)
Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad, trans. Jonathan Wright (Penguin Books)
Evelyn Schlag, All Under One Roof, trans. Karen Leeder (Carcanet)
Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Öræfi: The Wasteland, trans. Lytton Smith (Deep Vellum)
Ersi Sotiropoulos, What’s Left of the Night, trans. Karen Emmerich (New Vessel Press)
Ulf Stark, My Little Small, ill. Linda Bondestam; trans. Annie Prime (Enchanted Lion)
Ellisiv Stifoss-Hanssen, Let Me Sleep until This Is Just a Dream, trans. May-Brit Akerholt (Dalkey Archive Press)
Su Wei, The Invisible Valley, trans. Austin Woerner (Small Beer Press)
Yoko Tawada, The Emissary, trans. Margaret Mitsutani (New Directions)
Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Text Publishing)
Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, Stormwarning, trans. K. B. Thors (Phoneme Media)
Dubravka Ugrešić, Fox, trans. Ellen Elias-Bursać & David Williams (Open Letter) 
Eugene Vodolazkin, The Aviator, trans. Lisa Hayden (Oneworld)
Mikhail Zoshchenko, Sentimental Tales, trans. Boris Dralyuk (Columbia University Press)

Friday, January 11, 2019

HOME REMEDIES by Xuan Juliana Wang

Crown Publishing
Publishing date May 14, 2019


In twelve stunning stories of love, family, and identity, Xuan Juliana Wang's debut collection captures the unheard voices of an emerging generation. Young, reckless, and catapulted toward uncertain futures, here is the new face of Chinese youth on a quest for every kind of freedom.

From a crowded apartment on Mott Street, where an immigrant family raises its first real Americans, to a pair of divers at the Beijing Olympics poised at the edge of success and self-discovery, Wang's unforgettable characters - with their unusual careers, unconventional sex lives and fantastical technologies - share the bold hope that, no matter where they've come from, their lives too can be extraordinary. 

Crossing the boundaries of space and time, and fusing cultural heritage with the chaos of the modern world, Home Remedies announces the arrival of beguiling new voice in American fiction.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Archipelago Press
Publishing date May 14, 2019


This new, expanded collection of Antonio Tabucchi's stories collects the best short fiction from the Italian author recognized as one of the masters of the form.

Message From the Shadows is a new collection featuring Antonio Tabucchi's finest short stories, spanning the breadth of his career. These playful tales explore Tabucchi's signature themes, from his inventive, lyrical meditations on language, art, and philosophy, to his fascination with the passage of time, and the mystery of storytelling.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A CHANGE OF TIME by Ida Jessen

Publishing date March 29, 2019


A penetrating study of a woman who, in the wake of her domineering husband's death, must embrace her newfound freedom and redefine herself.

Set in rural Denmark in the early 20th century, A Change of Time tells the story of a schoolteacher whose husband, the town doctor, has passed away. Her subsequent diary entries form an intimate portrait of a woman rebuilding her identity, and a small rural town whose path to modernity echoes her own path to joyful independence.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

LITTLE by Edward Carey


Personal copy

Recommend ed by WORD BY WORD


An amazing achievement...A compulsively readable novel, so canny and weird and surfeited with the reality of human capacity and ingenuity that I am stymied for comparison. Dickens and David Lynch? Defoe meets Margaret Atwood? Judge for yourself." --Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked
The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. 

In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.