In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Michael Zapata’s new novel, Emma Ramadan on translation, and more.
Besides the promise of cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, and sweaters on the rise, what does October have to offer? If you’re looking for new books to read, the answer is “plenty.” This month brings with it candid and harrowing memoirs, stunning short fiction, and expansive novels — a fantastic array of literary work to carry you into the autumn. Here’s a look at some of our most-anticipated books for the month.
As a typical monolingual American, I am in awe of book translators. Their task is so monumental—to bring meaning from one entire linguistic context to another—and they accomplish it with so little fanfare or attention. When the book is unusually strange or challenging, presumably the work of translating it is equally so. And when the book plays on the profession and actions of a translator, is it even possible to make the leap from one native tongue to another?
Afternoon Bites: “Revenge of the Translator,” Noémi Lefebvre, Machado de Assis Revisited, Babak Lakghomi Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on translation and narrative, reviews of books by Noémi Lefebvre and Machado de Assis, and more.
Morning Bites: Rachel Kushner, Daniel Alarcón Interviewed, Emma Ramadan on Translation, “The Sisters Brothers” on Film, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Rachel Kushner and Daniel Alarcón, thoughts on the film adaptation of “The Sisters Brothers,” and more.
Morning Bites: Emma Ramadan and Brice Matthieussent, Dev Hynes Interviewed, Glenn Jones’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: a look at the process of translation, Gabino Iglesias on collaboration, a review of Glenn Jones’s new album, and more.
Morning Bites: Jon McGregor, Etel Adnan’s Latest, Maria Dahvana Headley, Revisiting Sylvester, and More
In our morning reading: book recommendations from Jon McGregor, reviews of books by Etel Adnan and Maria Dahvana Headley, and more.
What does the month of August have in store for us? In terms of books, the answer is “a lot.” From new works by longtime favorites of ours to unpredictable experimental books to newly translated titles, August has a whole lot to offer. Here’s a look at some of the titles that have caught our attention for the month to come.