The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig, tr. Isabel Fargo Cole

Title: The Sleep of the Righteous Author:   Wolfgang Hilbig Translator:   Isabel Fargo Cole Publisher: Two Lines Press, San Francisco (2015) ISBN: 978 1 931883 47 4 In his introduction to Wolfgang Hilbig’s The Sleep of the Righteous, the Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai wrote: “Many have thought and have said about him that because his fate and writerly art are so closely tied with … Continue reading The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig, tr. Isabel Fargo Cole

Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia by Julio Cortázar (translated by David Kurnick)

Title:  Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia Author:  Julio Cortázar Translator:  David Kurnick Publisher:  Semiotext(e), Los Angeles (2014) ISBN:  978 1 58435 134 4   One problem with coming to a book without any useful prior knowledge is that your risk being blindsided.  For example:  sometimes you pick up a novella (Say by  Julio Cortázar, an author with whom you’ve had enjoyable experiences in the … Continue reading Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia by Julio Cortázar (translated by David Kurnick)

The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero (Carolina De Robertis, translator & Robertson Dean, narrator)

The Neruda Case is the first book by Chilean author Roberto Ampuero to be translated into English.  It’s in actuality the sixth book of his popular crime series featuring the Cuban private detective Cayetano Brule.  It isn’t unusual for books in a series to be translated out of order – but I always find it unsettling.  In this particular instance, though, The Neruda Case isn’t … Continue reading The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero (Carolina De Robertis, translator & Robertson Dean, narrator)

Revolution: The Year [Deb Olin Unferth] Fell In Love & Went To Join the War

It seems the North American teenager is a truly resilient creature.  Even when taken out of their natural environment and dropped into an exotic locale they maintain their normal behavior patterns – angry moping.  The quick summary of Deb Olin Unferth’s Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War goes like this –  Girl meets Boy.  Girl falls for Boy.  … Continue reading Revolution: The Year [Deb Olin Unferth] Fell In Love & Went To Join the War