The Literature of Exile

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With a revised executive order banning U.S. entry to citizens from six largely Muslim countries, Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert examines the refugee experience through literature.

Worldwide Reading: Books Beyond the Mainstream That Take Us Far

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An enthralling portrait of a time, a place, and one resilient woman; Eir’s deliciously written work is almost as good as going on one’s own spiritual quest; smart and absorbing reading for a wide audience; Laroui is insightful and often blackly funny; Nobel Prize winner Modiano; Tawada’s engaging fable is not just for animal lovers

Frisco, Chimps, Perfume, Translations, Suck Fairies, & More | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” has a lunch date with authors and a reading date with LJ and Junior Library Guild colleagues this week.

Reading the World: Important Fiction in Translation Beyond the Best Sellers

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An arresting portrayal of totalitarian control; a charming and fabulist coming-of-age tale ends as a serious study of one artist’s struggle; Urroz’s fluid, propulsive language and passionate exploration of ideas unfolds a magnificent and heartfelt novel

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda | LJ Review

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Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises, and introduces a memorable and powerful female protagonist.

Arab Jazz by Karim Miské | LJ Review

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Miské’s first novel, which won the ­English Pen Award, redefines noir at its darkest.

Charlie Jane Anders, Barbara Pym, & an Estonian Best Seller | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Anders, Charlie Jane. All the Birds in the Sky. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781501902444. Reader TBA. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead parted ways under mysterious circumstances during high school and didn’t expect to see each other again. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly […]

Reading in Translation | Wyatt’s World

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Different rhythms, fresh stories, and landscapes unfamiliar fill the pages of translated novels. Here are five of fall’s buzziest, or simply most startling, picks, offering a diversity of sounds, approaches, and characters.

Indie Fiction in Translation 2014: Don’t-Miss Titles from Around the World

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Reaquaint yourself with Albahari, Hilst’s coolly delivered With My Dog-Eyes, Jerusalmy’s great portrait of Villon, a meditative yet remote Modiano, a chilling Nakamura, poet/journalist Rakha’s brilliant novel, upcoming Brazilian author Scott.