For all of you who like to buy your indie press books from an indie press distributor, you should head over to Small Press Distribution to take advantage of their Around the World Sale. All this month, select translation (click above to see the complete list) are available for 40% off. All you have to do is use the promo code: WORLD.
There are a lot of great books on the list, and the one that I’d recommend—which will come as a surprise to most all of you—is Magnolia & Lotus: Select Poems of Hyesim, a wonderfully translated collection of poetry from the first Korean Zen master who was dedicated to writing poetry. It’s a great book from a great press (White Pine) and the translation really is top notch.
Additionally, the featured press of the month at SPD is Host Publications, which means that all of their books are available for 40% off. Click here to see the complete list, which contains a host (see what I did there?) of great titles, including Mario Benedetti’s The Rest Is Jungle and Other Stories and Nicanor Parra’s After-Dinner Declarations.
It’s also worth mentioning that SPD is the only nonprofit book distributor in the country, so purchasing a couple books from them not only enriches your reading experience, but helps support an organization that plays an absolutely vital role for a slew of small presses. In fact, without SPD, there are a ton of these presses that would be left without a distributor at all. So do a good deed for the book industry (the part that doesn’t suck) and get a few of these titles.
“I preferred the war to the plague,” writes Curzio Malaparte in his 1949 novel, The Skin. He speaks of World War II and the destruction it has wrought on Italy, the city of Naples in particular. But the plague he. . .
With the steady rise of feminist scholarship and criticism in recent decades, it is little wonder that the work of Louise Labé should be attracting, as Richard Sieburth tells us in the Afterword to his translation, a “wide and thriving”. . .
In Conversations, we find ourselves again in the protagonist’s conscious and subconscious, which is mostly likely that of Mr. César Aira and consistent with prototypical Aira style. This style never fails because each time Aira is able to develop a. . .
You are not ashamed of what you do, but of what they see you do. Without realizing it, life can be an accumulation of secrets that permeates every last minute of our routine . . .
The narrative history of. . .
Literature in translation often comes with a certain pedigree. In this little corner of the world, with so few books making it into this comforting nook, it is often those of the highest quality that cross through, and attention is. . .
Alessandro Baricco’s Mr. Gwyn is a set of two loosely interlinked novellas that play with narrative and the construction of character. Ably translated by Ann Goldstein, Mr. Gwyn plays some subtle metafictional games as Baricco delves into what it means. . .
I must admit upfront that I went into reading Saadat Hasan Manto’s Bombay Stories almost entirely blind. I have not read Salman Rushdie. I have read, perhaps, two short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. I might shamefully add that I really. . .
Throughout his work The Gray Notebook, Josep Pla mentions many different authors, some of whom have inspired him to pick up a pen. One of them is Marcel Proust. Even though Pla normally prefers nonfiction, he lauds the French novelist. . .
On that September 11th I had a conversation with a professor friend who was teaching a creative writing class that evening. He questioned, “What can I possibly teach when all of this has happened?” While the dismay and grief were. . .
In a story of two emotionally distant people, Japanese author Takashi Hiraide expertly evokes powerful feelings of love, loss, and friendship in his novel The Guest Cat. The life of the unnamed narrator and his wife, both writers, is calm. . .