This Week’s Reviews

Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod
Traci Brimhall | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595806 | March 2020
“Stunning.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Every Color of Light
Hiroshi Osada, illus. Ryoji Arai, trans. David Boyd | Enchanted Lion Books | 9781592702916 | June 2020
“A story that sharpens the senses and quiets the soul.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Esther Kinsky, trans. Caroline Schmidt | Transit Books | 9781945492389 | July 2020
“A philosophical jewel seeking revelation in interstices, absences, ruptures, and the passages between existence and memory.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mansour’s Eyes
Ryan Girod, trans. Chris Clarke | Transit Books | 9781945492365 | July 2020
“Capitalism and religious fundamentalism collide in Girod’s shimmering account of one man’s heresy and imminent execution.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

DMZ Colony
Don Mee Choi | Wave Books | 9781940696959 | April 2020
“Choi’s DMZ Colony is as much an entity as it is a place, a meta-discursive domain wherein its throng of unlikely inhabitants—endangered birds, political prisoners, orphans, refugees, all colonized subjects and outcasts of empire—are alternately declared and concealed.” —Chicago Review of Books

Include Me Out
María Sonia Cristoff, trans. Katherine Silver | Transit Books | 9781945492303 | February 2020
“Cristoff is the artist who grinds up the bones of the classics into powder that can be refigured into work that speaks more directly to our current age.” —The Nation

All Heathens
 Marianne Chan | Sarabande Books | 9781946448521 | March 2020
 “[An] ambitious debut collection.”—Ms. Magazine

If Venice Dies
Salvatore Settis, trans. André Naffis-Sahely | New Vessel Press | 9781939931375 | September 2016
“An alarming and necessary treatise on how much there is to lose when we don’t work to save one of our most enchanting cities on the planet. It’s out by New Vessel Press, an exciting independent New York publishing house that has been putting out some riveting works in translation.”—Interview Magazine

Douglas A. Martin | Nightboat Books | 9781643620220 | June 2020
“Employing muscular, wide-open prose and deep, dark empathy, Martin succeeds in doing this exactly here: compels us to contend with an everything. Wolf works by struggle and resistance. It demands attention, re-assessment, re-reading. It does not persuade or lecture or recount, but troubles and thickens, blurs the edges of these characters’ subjectivities, and renders visible your own prejudgments.”Big Other

Bradley of Him
Connor Wilumsen | Koyama Press | 9781927668733 | November 2019
“One way or another, Willumsen always finds a way to translate his extraordinary imagination into imagery that not only catches, but fully absorbs, the attention of the reader, and that’s no mean feat considering the sheer size, scale, and scope of his ambition. Like his protagonist, he’s forever pushing himself — he never stops running.” —SOLRAD

Inner Child
Henry Blackshaw | Cicada Books | 9781908714817 | August 2020
“Truths about love, life, and living in the moment are humorously recounted in this cautionary tale for all ages.”—Foreword Reviews

Little Pearl
Martin Widmark, illus. Emilia Dziubak | Floris Books | 9781782505990 | April 2020
“Because of this instant classic, imaginations will soar; whether it’s bedtime, daytime, or any time else, a bit of fantasy is in order.”—Foreword Reviews, starred review

Felix After the Rain
Dunja Jogan, edit. and trans. Olivia Hellewell | Tiny Owl Publishing | 9781910328583 | June 2020
“This is a lovely choice for school or home libraries, through which children will learn empathy and compassion as a kind stranger helps Felix to let go of his emotional baggage.”—Foreword Reviews

A Wave of Stars
Dolores Brown, illus. Sonja Wimmer | NubeOcho | 9788417673413 | July 2020
“The book’s beautiful full-color spreads and panels are interspersed with black-and-white line drawings as a white seal and turtle succumb to the legend of the moon rainbow, embarking on a journey that sends them out of the waves and onto dry land.”—Foreword Reviews, starred review

White Blood
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448545 | May 2020
“The result of deep historical research, impressive formal dexterity, and savvy storytelling, this volume of poetry combines genealogy, history, and verse in a way that reflects many American experiences.”—Foreword Reviews

Collecting for a New World
John W. Hessler | D GILES | 9781911282396 | November 2019
“Well put together, a compact, tight design makes it a comfortable read, as well as an informative one. Beneficially, it is illustrated throughout with high quality illustrations.”—ARLIS/NA Review

The Helios Disaster
Linda Bostrom Knausgaard, trans. Rachel Willson-Broyles | World Editions | 9781642860689 | April 2020
“Blending psychological realism with a hallucinatory dose of the mythological, Linda Boström Knausgård’s The Helios Disaster eludes easy classification. It’s a slim novel that moves from trauma to revelation and back again; it’s also a disconcerting reworking of some memorable myths and legends. Running throughout the novel is a measured consideration of belief and humanity’s relationship to the divine—both metaphorically and literally.”—Words Without Borders

The Next Loves
Stéphane Bouquet, trans. Lindsay Turner | Nightboat Books | 9781643620053 | September 2019
If there’s a jewel in this collection, it is undoubtedly ‘Light of the Fig.’ A chronicle and homage to how difficult it is to be gay, it’s also a powerful elegy to all those young gay people who are no longer with us for one reason or another.”Gay and Lesbian Review

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