Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

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With a wealth of fiction, nonfiction, and verse stacking up in his office, Book Review Editor Rob Vollmar has narrowed his reading ambitions for the summer down to these three worthy titles.

Ghareeb Iskander Gilgamesh's Snake and Other Poems Trans. John Glenday & Ghareeb Iskander Syracuse University Press

The 2015 winner of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies Translation of Arabic Literature Award, Gilgamesh's Snake is a haunting meditation on the Epic of Gilgamesh and how its themes of upheaval and a search for meaning continue to resonate some four thousand years later.

Fang Qi Elegy of a River Shaman Trans. Norman Harry Rothschild & Meng Fanjun MerwinAsia (University of Hawai'i Press, distr.)

Combining folklore, history, and fiction into one potent bundle in this ambitious novel, Fang Qi traces the slow transformation of a people tied to the Yangzi River that has sustained them for generations. …

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