Staff Pick

“We once gave Nikolai a life of flesh and blood; and I’m doing it over again, this time by words,” writes the narrator of Yiyun Li’s latest novel. Her son commits suicide and, in an act of grief, the narrator constructs a world where the two of them can converse again: in the realm of the novel. Li, writing the book months after her own son’s suicide, seemingly breaks barriers between life and death so that mother and son can talk for the last time. A deeply moving account of an unexpected loss and the grieving that follows. 





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ISBN: 9781984817372
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

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A novel equal in its ambition and brilliance, Insurrecto chronicles the journey of two women, an American filmmaker and her Filipino translator, as they attempt to tell two competing narratives of a single event: The Balangiga Massacre of 1901 when, during the American occupation of the Philippines, the American military murdered thousands of Filipino men, women, and children. A landmark novel in Filipino-American fiction, it grapples with the uneven relationship between the United States and the Philippines, a relationship that resulted in the total enrichment of the former and the absolute subjugation of the latter.

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ISBN: 9781616959449
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Published: Soho Press - November 13th, 2018

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Fresh from his Man Booker International nomination for Compass, Mathias Énard returns to the literary world with his new book, Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants (New Directions, $19.95). His new novel is a fictionalized account of Michelangelo, the famed sculptor, and his sojourn in the Turkish city of Constantinople to build a bridge for Sultan Ali Pasha. The novel, though short,  showcases Énard’s trademark intelligence and agility by interposing what to the reader seem to be historical documents and epistolary asides to create a metafictional narrative that centers on what artists go through in the act of creating their art. However, what is truly impressive in this novel is Énard’s capacity to evoke sixteenth-century Constantinople. Reading Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants gives the reader a sense of place that few writers can match.

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By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811227049
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 27th, 2018