Found in Translation: The House of Spirits

by Amy Schakel   If you’ve read Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits you probably remember the opening line, “Barrabas came to us by sea…” It is a line that immediately ensnares and excites the mystery of what is to follow through the book. It follow the lives of three generations of the Trueba family and … Continue reading Found in Translation: The House of Spirits

Found in Translation: Dinner by César Aira

by Uriel Perez César Aira is something of a literary workhorse – since 1993, the Argentine novelist has been publishing at least two of his trademark novelettes a year and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon (the man’s published three this year alone!). His pace is unrivaled, and to draw a familiar comparison … Continue reading Found in Translation: Dinner by César Aira

What We’re Reading This Week

SARA Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo Stay With Me is the heartbreaking debut novel by Nigerian author, Ayobami Adebayo. Stay With Me tells the story of married couple Yejide and Akin who both take drastic measures to have a child. A bite-sized novel that packs a punch, I have a feeling Stay With Me will … Continue reading What We’re Reading This Week

Bookseller Review: Affections

by Gregory Day and Eugenia Vela There is this story that is wild unto itself and forgotten by time. It is a story of strong wills and neglect. This story spans from the empirical ego of the Nazi Party in Germany to the socialist struggles in 1960s Bolivia. Leni Riefenstahl’s illustrious documentaries, Che Guevara’s Nancahuazu … Continue reading Bookseller Review: Affections

Top Shelf: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

by Consuelo Hacker The best way for me to describe Sing, Unburied, Sing is to say that it is full of a devastating hunger. The characters struggle with physical hunger, but also hunger for a connection with each other. The main action takes places only over a couple days, and yet Ward captures the full … Continue reading Top Shelf: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Found in Translation: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

by Molly Moore      In the three novellas of The Diving Pool, a word pops up with frequency -- ‘sour.’ Sour feelings in guts, sour smells from breast milk, sour words from lonesome landlords. Ogawa is preoccupied by the rot that occurs from the neglected. Uneaten food and waterstained wood rots with time and … Continue reading Found in Translation: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa