Staff Pick

It’s nearly impossible to read the Icelandic author Sjón without quickly falling in love with his unique, slim tales (The Blue Fox, Moonstone) that weave history, legend, fable, and fantasy with a born storyteller’s gifts. CoDex 1962 (MCD, $30) looks like a behemoth in comparison, but don’t worry, nothing has changed. In fact, this collected trilogy that began in 1991 might be his best writing to date. Our narrator Josef Loewe begins his waking life in 1962, but he first came to be many years earlier, as a little clay golem his Jewish father smuggled from a concentration camp. But this is just a springboard for countless page-turning vignettes: romances, origin myths, conspiracy thrillers, and more. Anyone who loves that soaring feeling when an author shapes a book into unpredictable forms—anyone who loves Borges or Calvino—will love Sjón, and especially here.

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By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374125639
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Published: MCD - September 11th, 2018

Staff Pick

Mystery, sci-fi, Socratic dialogue, retelling of “Hansel and Gretel”: The Taiga Syndrome is a delightful shape-shifter of a novel. A detective turned creator of detective fiction finds herself called back into being a detective, voyaging into the wilds of Russia to track down a runaway woman. What we know: she seems to have found another man. What we learn: she may have found the very edges of the universe. The dispatches our detective writes, alongside her mysterious companion-translator, are philosophical and playful in equal measure, with each chapter its own provocative question.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366679
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2018

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When Sam Munson’s new novel opens, our protagonist Professor Pushkin, a specialist in prison architecture, is traveling to an overseas conference in Argentina, all with the ulterior motive of meeting up with the fellow academic he has a crush on. When he arrives, she’s nowhere to be found, and the town is crawling in roving packs of dogs by night and sinister blue-clad workers by day. Borges and Cortazar get name-checked toward the end, but Dog Symphony is much more than a tribute to their mind-bending stories (not to mention those of Bruno Schulz, Thomas Bernhard, and—of course—Franz Kafka). It’s a darkly comic shadow version of our own turbulent world, with its embattled humanities, student uprisings, and hope that a better existence might live on in our dogs.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227681
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Published: New Directions - August 28th, 2018

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