April 2014

April 2014

 
 
Frisch & Co. News
» The Swimmers reviewed by Liam Bishop

“Other reviews have likened Azaústre to Murikami, and there is something of Camus, but as mentioned earlier, Tom McCarthy’s brilliant but under-appreciated Remainder draws a lot comparisons. The geography of The Swimmers is not as important as it is in Remainder, but they both question the environment of the novel and the world, and also ask when does our act of everyday living stop, and if so how do we carry out that act?”

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» Necessary Fiction on I Stole the Rain

“A failed soccer wunderkind, an anguished mother, and a love-thwarted bar owner are the central figures of the three longish narratives that make up Elisa Ruotolo’s splendid collection, I Stole the Rain. Lengthy though the stories might be, it matters little, as by the end of the book one feels as if a lifetime in stories has passed by in the blink of an eye. The prose is sharp, witty, and transcendent, and the characters remain long after the stories have been read and reread.”

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» Tony Malone on Anatomy of a Night

Anatomy of a Night is very confusing at times. It’s full of short, frequently shifting scenes, and the novel contains a vast array of main characters. In order to follow the story, it’s important to keep on top of the connections between the folk of Amarâq (and there are a lot…). The book is compelling though, and excellently written, with fluid, rolling sentences.”

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» Caffeinated Life on I Stole the Rain

“What’s also wonderful about her three stories is how there’s so much meaning underneath these tales of these seemingly ordinary lives as they struggle with their own problems and regrets and emotions. Whether it’s about living up to expectations or holding on to people long after, it’s something readers can relate to.”

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» Portland Book Review on Under This Terrible Sun

“Equally part stoner manifesto, part mystery/thriller, part psycho-physiological novel, and part poetry, Under This Terrible Sun is an exciting and morbid ride…”

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» Why I Publish Ebooks, or the Future of Literary Translation

It so happens that I’ve been publishing literature in translation for a few years, almost ten by now, and as with all other kinds of book publishing pursuits, though it’s made for a pleasant sort of life, it’s been a struggle—whether in trying to succeed with translated books at a larger publisher, finding allies in the internal, and eternal, fight for institutional attention, or at a smaller publisher, where simply maintaining forward momentum, feeling as though you can afford to continue to publish next month’s or next season’s books, let alone have the resources to find the readers your writers deserve, can feel like an overwhelming task. . .

 
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