This Week’s Reviews

The Next Loves
Stéphane Bouquet, trans. Lindsay Turner | Nightboat Books | 9781643620053 | September 2019

“What’s queer about Bouquet is not just that his desire is for men, but that his poems embrace desire’s strangeness, perversity, and multiplicity.”— Full Stop

Life Went On Anyway
Oleg Sentsov, trans. Uilleam Blacker | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920879 | November 2019
“Life Went on Anyway is a must-read testimony of the indomitable human spirit that is beyond the reach of fascist regimes. The translation of this memoir into English is a deserved celebration of this unwavering human spirit against all odds.”—Asymptote Journal

The Neapolitan Chronicles
Anna Maria Ortese, trans. Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee | New Vessel Press | 9781939931511 | March 2018

“A masterpiece. . . . Conveying the intricacies of Ortese’s style presents a challenge to the translator. . . . But, happily, Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee are the ones to tackle her knotty prose. Together, they crafted an English translation whose language is easy to read, while still strikingly strange.”—Public Books

Party: A Mystery
Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617757167 | June 2019

“The book’s effervescent pictures, and its playful, secretive ending, will have young readers paging through it again and again, constructing stories and observations of their own. Party: A Mystery is an ideal gift for young readers. The book will put kids’ curiosity to work during a busy holiday season.”—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl’s Book
Naja Marie Aidt | Coffee House Press | 9781566895606 | September 2019

“Just as the mind reconstructs the traumatic events in memories, the narrative constructs meaning through repetition, borrowed fragments, flashbacks. . . . These memories, like dried flowers, collected and assembled, carry Carl’s spirit, preserved for eternity.”—Words without Borders

Empty Words
Mario Levrero, trans. Annie McDermott | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
Empty Words is strange in the best ways. . . . Levrero has a singular wit that McDermott captures with a light touch.”—Entropy Magazine

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