Magazine article World Literature Today

Nota Bene

Magazine article World Literature Today

Nota Bene

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Kevin Barry

City of Bohane

Graywolf Press

It's 2053, and the city of Bohane has long been in decline due to gang violence and tribal division. Under the control of gangster Logan Hartnett, a new threat appears in the city when his nemesis returns. Hartnett also finds trouble at home with his wife in this tale that intertwines past, present, and future.

Lutz Bassmann

We Monks and Soldiers

Jordan Stump, tr.

University of Nebraska Press

Dark and visceral, this collection of stories chronicles the declining days of humanity and the often-futile attempts to assist those in their last moments. We Monks and Soldiers is an inventive and poetic expression of the inevitability of total destruction (see WLT, Sept. 2008, 64).

William S. Burroughs

Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William

S. Burroughs, 1959-1974

Bill Morgan, ed.

HarperCollins

The compiled letters of one of America's most iconic writers offers intimate glances into William S. Burroughs's life and relationships with other writers and artists. The letters reveal the influences on his writing and his process of leaving the Beat circle during the 1960s counterculture revolution.

Mouloud Feraoun

Land and Blood

Patricia Geesey, tr.

University of Virginia Press

Amer is a Kabyle-Berber who returns to his village after years of work in a French coal mine, sparking a chain of revenge that threatens to tear the village apart. A displaced Kabyle himself, Feraoun provides a fascinating glimpse into the reality of daily life in rural, preindependence Algeria.

Liliana Heker

The End of the Story

Andrea G. Labinger, tr.

Biblioasis

After witnessing her friend Lenora's abduction, Diana sets out to chronicle their relationship. However, inconvenient details begin to intrude on Diana's narrative. A tale of defection set during Argentina's Dirty War, The End of the Story is one of the most controversial Latin American novels ever published.

Gabriel Kuhn

Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and

Radical Politics

PM Press

Soccer wasn't always a multibillion-dollar industry, but it has always had a rebellious side. This collection of essays deals not only with the history of soccer but also its placement in society and politics, with a strong desire to return the game to its roots as part of the alleys and fields of the working class.

Claude Lanzmann

The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir

Frank Wynne, tr.

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Known for his work as the director of the ninehour documentary Shoah, Claude Lanzmann chronicles his life, work, and his close encounters with death. Starting with his obsession with the guillotine and ending with his twelve-year project that culminated with Shoah, Lanzmann tenderly balances life and death in his memoir.

Stieg Larsson

The Expo Files

Daniel Poohl, ed. / Laurie Thompson, tr.

MacLehose Press

Originally published in the Swedish journal Expo, Stieg Larsson's articles on right-wing extremism, racism, and misogyny have been collected for the first time in this book, which shows the journalistic side of the author of the Millennium Trilogy and the politics and activism that went into the fictional series.

Liu Zhenyun

Cell Phone

Howard Goldblatt, tr.

MerwinAsia

Accidentally leaving his cell phone at home one day sparks a massive explosion in a popular television host's happy home. Filled with comedy, social commentary, and romance, this novel mulls the implications of technology in the world's largest population of cell-phone users, China.

Perihan Magden

Ali and Ramazan

Ruth Whitehouse, tr.

AmazonCrossing

Ali and Ramazan is a tragic story of abuse and poverty in the city of Istanbul. Based on a short newspaper article, the story chronicles the love between two boys suffering from the hardships of living in an orphanage and on the streets. …

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