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“Island of Point Nemo” by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès

The Island of Point Nemo by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès translated from the French by Hannah Chute 450 pgs. | pb | 9781940953625 | $17.95 Open Letter Books Reviewed by Katherine Rucker   The Island of Point Nemo is a novel tour by plane, train, automobile, blimp, horse, and submarine through a world that I can ...

“The Truce” by Mario Benedetti

The Truce by Mario Benedetti translated from the Spanish by Harry Morales 192 pgs. | pb | 9780141396859 | £8.99  Penguin Modern Classics Reviewed by Arianna Aron   Mario Benedetti (1920-2009), Uruguay’s most beloved writer, was a man who loved to bend the rules. He gave his haikus as many syllables as fit ...

“I Am a Season That Does Not Exist in the World” by Kim Kyung-Ju

I Am a Season That Does Not Exist in the World by Kim Kyung-Ju translated from the Korean by Jake Levine 144 pgs. | pb |9781939568144 | $14.95 Black Ocean Reviewed by Jacob Rogers   Kim Kyung Ju’s I Am a Season That Does Not Exist in the World, translated from the Korean by Jake Levine, is a wonderful ...

“Kingdom Cons” by Yuri Herrera

Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman 220 pgs. | pb | 9781908276926 | $13.95  And Other Stories Reviewed by Sarah Booker   Yuri Herrera is overwhelming in the way that he sucks readers into his worlds, transporting them to a borderland that is at once mythical in its ...

Another take on “The Invented Part” by Rodrigo Fresán

The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden 552 pgs. | pb | 9781940953564 | $18.95 Open Letter Books Reviewed by Tiffany Nichols   Imagine reading a work that suddenly and very accurately calls out you, the reader, for not providing your full attention to the act of ...

“The Invented Part” by Rodrigo Fresán

The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden 552 pgs. | pb | 9781940953564 | $18.95 Open Letter Books Reviewed by Chad W. Post   Given all the Two Month Review posts and everything else, hopefully you’ll have heard of Rodrigo Fresán’s The Invented Part by now. But ...

“Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei” by Eliot Weinberger

19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei by Eliot Weinberger Translated by Various 64 pgs. | pb | 9780811226202 | $10.95 New Directions Publishing Reviewed by Russell Guilbault   Eliot Weinberger takes big strides across literary history in his genuinely breathtaking short work, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, ...