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Fiction in translation

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Anne-marie The Beauty

Anne-marie The Beauty

Author: Yasmina Reza Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2021

The Cheffe

The Cheffe

Author: Marie NDiaye Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Marie NDiaye is so intelligent, so composed, so good, that any description of her work feels like an understatement - Madeleine Schwartz, New York Review of Books Rich, meandering . . . NDiaye excels at luscious, forensic descriptions of the ritualistic preparation of food - Catherine Taylor, Mail on Sunday The Cheffe is born into an impoverished family in Sainte-Bazeille in south-western France, but when she takes a job working in the kitchen of a couple in the Landes region, it does not take long before it becomes clear that the Cheffe has an unusual, remarkable talent for cooking. She dreams in recipes, she's always imagining new food combinations, she hunts down elusive flavours and aromas, and she soon usurps the couple's cook. But for all her genius, the Cheffe remains very secretive about the rest of her life. She becomes pregnant, but will not reveal her daughter's father. She shares nothing of her feelings or emotions. And when the demands of her work and caring for her child become too much, she leaves her baby in the care of her family, and sets out to open her own restaurant, which will soon win rave reviews and be lauded by all. But her relationship with her daughter will never be easy, and before long, it will threaten to destroy everything the Cheffe has spent her life perfecting.

Eyes of the Rigel

Eyes of the Rigel

Author: Roy Jacobsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

The third novel in a historical trilogy that began with the International Booker shortlisted The Unseen The journey had taken on its own momentum, it had become an autonomous, independent entity, she was searching for love, and was still happily unaware that truth is the first casualty of peace. The long war is over, and Ingrid Barroy leaves the island that bears her name to search for the father of her child. Alexander, the Russian captive who survived the sinking of prisoner ship the Rigel and found himself in Ingrid's arms, made an attempt to cross the mountains to Sweden. Ingrid will follow in his footsteps, carrying her babe in arms, the child's dark eyes the only proof that she ever knew him. Along the way, Ingrid's will encounter collaborators, partisans, refugees, deserters, slaves and sinners, in a country that still bears the scars of defeat and occupation. And before her journey's end she will be forced to ask herself how well she knows the man she is risking everything to find. Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw Reviews for The Unseen Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read Eileen Battersby, Irish Times A beautifully crafted novel . . . Quite simply a brilliant piece of work . . . Rendered beautifully into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a towering achievement that would be a deserved Booker International winner Charlie Connelly, New European. A profound interrogation of freedom and fate, as well as a fascinating portrait of a vanished time, written in prose as clear and washed clean as the world after a storm Justine Jordan, Guardian The subtle translation, with its invented dialect, conveys a timeless, provincial voice . . . The Unseen is a blunt, brilliant book Tom Graham, Financial Times.

The Fool and Other Moral Tales

The Fool and Other Moral Tales

Author: Anne Serre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

Fairy-tale atmospheres and complex narratives are a hallmark of Anne Serre's fiction. A dream logic rules each of these unpredictable, sensual, and surreal stories: romps no doubt, yet deeply moral and entirely unforgettable ones. THE FOOL may have stepped out of a tarot pack: 'I believe in magic figures and distrust them - a figure observing you can turn the world upside down.' THE NARRATOR concerns the amorous and social relationships of a writer-antihero during his hiking retreat in the mountains: 'Outcasts who can't even tell a story are what you might call dropouts, lunatics, misfits. With them the narrator is in his element, but has one huge advantage: he can tell a story.' The power of fiction to trump the starkest reality is perhaps at its strongest in the last story, THE WISHING TABLE, a Rabelaisian account of the life of an incestuous family, told by one of three daughters who discovers the naked truth about her childhood, and the freeing power of art.

The Road to the City

The Road to the City

Author: Natalia Ginzburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The Dry Heart

The Dry Heart

Author: Natalia Ginzburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Catch the Rabbit

Catch the Rabbit

Author: Lana Bastasic Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'Lana Bastasic's novel of two young women plunging into post-war Bosnia like two Alices into Wonderland is smart, energetic, passionate, announcing a major talent.' Aleksandar Hemon Sara hasn't seen or heard from Lejla in years. She's comfortable with her life in Dublin, with her partner, their avocado plant, and their naturist neighbour. But when Lejla calls and demands she come home to Bosnia, Sara finds that she can't say no. What begins as a road trip becomes a journey through the past, as the two women set off to find Armin, Lejla's brother who disappeared towards the end of the Bosnian War. Presumed dead by everyone else, only Lejla and Sara believed Armin was still alive. Confronted with the limits of memory, Sara is forced to reconsider the things she thought she understood as a girl: the best friend she loved, the first experiences they shared, but also the social and religious lines that separated them, that brought them such different lives. Translated into English by Lana Bastasic, Catch the Rabbit tells the story of how we place the ones we love on pedestals, and then wait for them to fall off, how loss marks us indelibly, and how the traumas of war echo down the years.

Catch the Rabbit

Catch the Rabbit

Author: Lana Bastasic Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'Lana Bastasic's novel of two young women plunging into post-war Bosnia like two Alices into Wonderland is smart, energetic, passionate, announcing a major talent.' Aleksandar Hemon Sara hasn't seen or heard from Lejla in years. She's comfortable with her life in Dublin, with her partner, their avocado plant, and their naturist neighbour. But when Lejla calls and demands she come home to Bosnia, Sara finds that she can't say no. What begins as a road trip becomes a journey through the past, as the two women set off to find Armin, Lejla's brother who disappeared towards the end of the Bosnian War. Presumed dead by everyone else, only Lejla and Sara believed Armin was still alive. Confronted with the limits of memory, Sara is forced to reconsider the things she thought she understood as a girl: the best friend she loved, the first experiences they shared, but also the social and religious lines that separated them, that brought them such different lives. Translated into English by Lana Bastasic, Catch the Rabbit tells the story of how we place the ones we love on pedestals, and then wait for them to fall off, how loss marks us indelibly, and how the traumas of war echo down the years.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

Author: Mircea Cartarescu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'Cartarescu is one of the great literary voices of Central Europe' Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Prize winner and author of Flights 'Creator of a universe that's caught between dream and reality, Cartarescu is a revelation' El Pais A dreamlike novel of memory and magic, Nostalgia turns the dark world of Communist Bucharest into a place of strange enchantments. Here a man plays increasingly death-defying games of Russian Roulette, a child messiah works his magic in the tenements, a young man explores gender boundaries, a woman relives her youth and an architect becomes obsessed with the sound of his new car horn - with unexpected consequences. Blending reality and symbolism, time and myth, this is a cult masterwork from Romania's most celebrated writer.

Arcadia

Arcadia

Author: Ruth Diver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2021

The Others

The Others

Author: Raul Garrigasait Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2021