Magazine article World Literature Today

That's Absurd!

Magazine article World Literature Today

That's Absurd!

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NEW BOOKS

Love Is Power, or Something Like That

A. Igoni Barrett

Graywolf Press

Listed as one of the most anticipated books of 2013 by The Millions, author A. Igoni Barrett presents several stories, all about the absurdity that undoubtedly comes with love. Set in modern Nigeria, the author tells stories of a man with bad breath try- ing to manage his way through public transportation, a corrupt policeman, and three generations of a family as they fall from the top and lose more than their wealth.

The Planets

Sergio Chejfec

Heather Cleary, tr.

Open Letter

The confusion of existence and the absurd ways that tragedy not only happens but also affects us are themes present in The Planets, a novel that finds the narrator recollecting through the narrative the mystery surrounding how his friend, anony- mously or affectionately known as M, died during the "Dirty War" in Argentina. Chejfec tells a compelling story of human loss, how people con- tinue with their lives after tragedy, and how they deal with grief, pri- vately and publicly. First published in English in 2012 and a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, The Planets is now available in a digi- tal edition.

The Mortiloquist

Reza Negarestani

Urbanomic

The sequel to his Cyclonopedia: Com- plicity with Anonymous Materials (see WLT, May 2010, 12-13), Negares- tani's book combines speculative theory, drama, and philosophy with elements of absurdity, tragedy, and horror. …

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