Review: The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk

translated by Christopher Moseley original publication (in Estonian): 2007 this edition (in English): Black Cat, 2015 442 pages grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library First, I’d like to dwell on the fact that this is the first novel translated from the Estonian that I’ve ever read. For those of

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Out This Month: June

“The Reflection of Sand by Tan Gang” by Tan Gang, translated from the Chinese by Emily Jin (Clarkesworld, June 1) Wafers by Ha Seong-nan, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong (Open Letter, June 4) This 2006 collection of short stories is in line with the unsettling, engrossing style of Ha’s other two collections that

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Review: The Singularity by Dino Buzzati

translated by Anne Milano Appel original publication (in Italian): 1960 first English edition: 1962, Secker & Warburg (titled Larger Than Life) this edition: 2024, NYRB Classics 136 pages grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library *spoilers* Not until a third of the way through this short, dark, mysterious novel do

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Out This Month: May

“Renting to Killers” by Elena Pavlova, translated from the Bulgarian by the author and Kalin M. Nenov (Asimov’s, May/June) Woodworm by Layla Martinez, translated from the Spanish (Spain) by Sophie Hughes and Annie McDermott (Two Lines Press, May 14) The house breathes. The house contains bodies and secrets. The house is visited by ghosts, by angels that

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Review: Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

translated by the author original publication (from the Gikuyu): 2004 this edition: Pantheon, 2006 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library “Sprawling” is the best way to describe Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow, a multi-layered, complex, and hilariously absurd magical realist book about the deeply corrupt

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Review: You Glow in the Dark by Liliana Colanzi

translated by Chris Andrews original publication (in Spanish): 2022 this edition: New Directions, 2024 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library “Liliana Colanzi’s first collection in English, Our Dead World (2017), was so intriguing and strange that, when I found out about her second collection, You Glow in the Dark,

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Review: The Book Censor’s Library by Bothayna Al-Essa

translated by Ranya Abdelrahman and Sawad Hussain original publication (in Arabic): 2023 this edition: Restless Books, 2024 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library “Reading a book about reading books is like entering a hall of mirrors: the experience is at once fascinating and disturbing. Like other stories about books

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Review: Spinner of Darkness and Other Tales by Intan Paramaditha

trilingual edition: English, German, Indonesian translated by Stephen J. Epstein (English), Pauline Kurbasik (German) Lontar, 2015 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library The four short stories in this lovely and haunting collection by Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha leave the reader feeling unmoored and unsure of what just happened. Each

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Review: It Happened Tomorrow: A Collection of 19 Select Science Fiction Stories from Various Indian Languages

edited by Bal Phondke various translators National Book Trust, India, 1993 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library translated stories: “The Ice Age Cometh” by Jayant V. Narlikar, tr. from Marathi by the author “The Impostor” by Bal Phondke, tr. from Marathi by the author “Einstein the Second” by Laxman

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