Raúl Zurita's INRI is a powerful volume of poetry that makes the sea, mountains, rivers, deserts, and fields of Chile a tomb for the disappeared of Pinochet's reign. The sky is the tombstone. It's a stunning book, coming to us now in a translation from the Spanish by William Rowe.
Paul reviews Wolfgang Hilbig's 2002 collection of reflections, The Sleep of the Righteous, translated from the German by Isabel Fargo Cole.
Trevor looks at César Aira's 2003 novella, The Linden Tree, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. This is the most recent of Aira's works to arrive in English.
Paul reviews Olga Tokarczuk's Flights, translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft. This book was recently shortlisted for this year's Man Booker International Prize.
The starting point for this strange little novel by Spanish novelist Andrés Barba was a ghastly game in a Brazilian orphanage in the 1960s. Trevor takes a look at Barba's Such Small Hands, translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman.
Trevor looks at Marie NDiaye's My Heart Hemmed In, translated from the French by Jordan Stump.
New Directions has just released a new book containing two new-to-English novellas by the great César Aira: The Little Buddhist Monk and The Proof, each translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor. In this post, Trevor writes about The Little Buddhist Monk, which he considers to be one of the best Aira novellas in years.
Lee reviews Samanta Schweblin's Fever Dream, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell, and recently placed on the Man Booker Prize International Prize longlist.
Trevor reviews László Krasznahorkai's The Last Wolf, translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes, and Herman: The Game Warden & The Death of a Craft, translated from the Hungarian by John Batki, recently published by New Direction in a lovely double-sided volume.
Lee reviews William Trevor's 2009 novel, Love and Summer, which "can't, of course, end well," but that is "brilliant, devastating, and masterfully wrought."