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.
Though far from the most convincing reason to read literature in translation, one common side effect is learning of another culture, of its history. Within that, and a stronger motivation to read, is the discovery of stories not possible within. . .
Despite cries that literature is dead, dying, and self-replicating in the worst way, once in a while a book comes along to remind readers that there’s still a lot of surprise to be found on the printed page. To be. . .
“I was small. And my village was small, I came to know that in time. But when I was small it was big for me, so big that when I had to cross it from one end to the other,. . .
A few weeks after moving into a farm house in the Welsh countryside, Emilie, an expatriate from the Netherlands, starts to think about her uncle. This uncle tried to drown himself in a pond in front of the hotel where. . .
Think back to the last adventure- or action-type book you read. Wasn’t it cool? Didn’t it make you want to do things, like learn to shoot a crossbow, hack complicated information systems, travel to strange worlds, take on knife-wielding thugs,. . .
In Aira’s Shantytown, while we’re inside the characters’ heads for a good portion of the story, the voice we read on the page is really that of Aira himself, as he works out the plot of the book he’s writing.. . .
Noir is not an easy genre to define—or if it once was, that was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away; as a quick guess, maybe Silver Lake, Los Angeles, 1935. When two books as different as. . .
Some time ago I read this phrase: “The page is the only place in the universe God left blank for me.”
Pedro Mairal’s short novel The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra is more about these blank spaces than the usual full. . .
“What if even in the afterlife you have to know foreign languages? Since I have already suffered so much trying to speak Danish, make sure to assign me to the Polish zone . . .”
So reads a typical aphoristic “poem”. . .
If you somehow managed to overlook the 2012 translation of Andrés Neuman’s breathtaking Traveler of the Century (and woe betide all whom continue to do so), you now have two exceptional works of fiction from the young Argentine virtuoso demanding. . .