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Woodworm By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator) Cover Image
By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781949641592
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 14th, 2024

A novella about a hungry haunted house filled with vermin and ghosts and ghoulish saints, plus the two women left to live with a righteous anger calcifying their hopes and dreams into a twisted act of revenge. The pages left cobwebs on my fingertips. 


Review by Sarah C.

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I Who Have Never Known Men By Jacqueline Harpman, Ros Schwartz (Translator), Sophie Mackintosh (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Harpman, Ros Schwartz (Translator), Sophie Mackintosh (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492600
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Published: Transit Books - May 10th, 2022

Raised in an underground bunker with no outside contact, our protagonist has no name and no idea where she is. When she and the 38 other women imprisoned with her suddenly find themselves freed, they are released onto a vast, barren plane. Described as "Ursula K. LeGuin meets The Road" Harpman's writing is austere and beautiful. This is a book I will not soon forget. 


Review by Jade

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The Wall By Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Claire Louise-Bennett (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Claire Louise-Bennett (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811231947
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Published: New Directions - June 21st, 2022

A woman vacationing in the Austrian mountains awakes one morning to find herself cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible wall. With only a dog for company, she must learn to live off the land; hunting, farming and scouting for supplies all while maintaining her sanity. The prose of this translated work is straightforward and somewhat bleak, touching on themes of identity, women's "worth" and the importance (or not) of physical appearance. Haunting and beautifully original, this is a book I'll be thinking about for a long time.


Review by Jade

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An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures By Clarice Lispector, Stefan Tobler (Translated by), Sheila Heti (Afterword by), Benjamin Moser (Series edited by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Stefan Tobler (Translated by), Sheila Heti (Afterword by), Benjamin Moser (Series edited by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811232210
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Published: New Directions - May 3rd, 2022

The beauty of this little book is that you'll be confused as you are comforted by Lispector's dense but sensical ramblings and yearning akin to no other. Clarice's mind is a mystery but a beautiful one at that. 

 


Review by Sofia

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Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration By Alejandra Oliva Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781662601699
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Published: Astra House - June 20th, 2023

At the heart of Alejandra Oliva's story as a translator and activist, between pages of colonial and bureaucratic brutality, is the idea that translation is ultimately a collective act, bringing everyone to the table to experience the humanity at the center of the immigration crisis. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Happening By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781609809485
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 14th, 2019

This book made me silently weep whilst eating toast and drinking tea at my dining table at 7am.


Review by Sofia

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Witches: A Novel By Brenda Lozano, Heather Cleary (Translated by) Cover Image
By Brenda Lozano, Heather Cleary (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646221998
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Published: Catapult - September 12th, 2023

Two stories intertwine, one spun by a world-famous mystical healer in the hills of Mexico, and the other by a young journalist looking for clarity and answers in regards to her tumultuous life life. This novel is a  beautiful rumination on the bonds of sisterhood - both cultural and familial, innate and learned.


Review by Sarah C.

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All the Lovers in the Night By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609458461
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Published: Europa Editions - May 23rd, 2023

Mieko Kawakami has the talent to quietly devastate through her poetic narratives, bringing a uniquely female voice to contemporary Japanese literature. While I read this in one sitting, I kept having to take little breaks to sigh and swell, taking in all the beautiful minute details of Fuyuko Irie's lonely freelance life, and the sparse moments of companionship she finds with the kind but mysterious physics teacher she met under strange circumstances. 

 


Review by Sarah C.

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Terminal Boredom: Stories By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by) Cover Image
By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739887
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Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Recently translated into English for the first time, Izumi Suzuki's strange and disconnected prose creates a meandering trail of science fiction vignettes with apathetic and drug-addled characters, bored to death with life, or as one teenager addicted to television puts it, "tangled up in fatalistic resignations." The perfect beach read for anyone who really hates the beach and loves Black Mirror.


Review by Sarah C.

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Breasts and Eggs By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

Beginning with a hot summer trip in the middle of the city, Natsu hosts her sister and young niece, the latter who refuses to talk but spills her heart out about the fears of puberty onto the pages of her journal. Ten years later and in another sweltering summer, Natsu begins a rocky path towards motherhood as her fears of growing older and lonelier mirror that of her niece's past. Her journey reveals the complications that stand in the way of a single woman desiring a life that does not depend on the conventional company of men, especially in a world so ready to dispose of women at a certain age. 


Review by Sarah C.

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