Research Notes

The Remnants by Robert Hill

I set out to write a story free of the contemporary canon of issues: no career angst, no philosophical quandaries that would lead one to pose such imponderables as to gluten or not to gluten, where no character sits on a political knife edge, nor is anyone torn by a sense of wanderlust that might compel them out of hybrid comfort into a more exciting life.

Translation Notes

Alfred MacAdam on Translating Alejandro Jodorowsky

Sometime in 2012, I received an email from Ilán Stavans, publisher of Restless Books, wondering if I might be interested in translating a novel by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Fiction

Excursion by Namrata Poddar

Madam was outside in her air-conditioned hall, holding court again with her new best friends. Sir, her husband was out for work, as always, and her two sons were away at boarding school in Shimla. But that wouldn’t stop her from spoiling rotten her niece, Sweetie Di, and her fiancé, Amrikan Sir.

Book Reviews

Wendy J. Fox by The Pull of It

The Pull of It, Wendy J. Fox’s first novel, is palliative care for the neurotic American attachment to routines of housekeeping, childrearing, and career building.

Research Notes

Magdalena Waz on Return on Investment

Challenge #1 was to use some element of exaggeration to consider a world in which everyone is imbued with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Fiction

Absit by Angélica Gorodischer, tr Amalia Gladhart

Things happened more or less like this: the guy came walking down the neighborhood sidewalk. It was early Saturday afternoon and the sun was at his back. He stopped in front of a railing painted green. Oh no, he thought, oh no, please, not again, how old could she be?

Book Reviews

The Silver Ghost by Chuck Kinder

Most of us are fortunate enough to survive adolescence, and by a certain age, we’re allowed to forget the pains of first love and the post-high school confusion of standing before a wide-opened world.

Research Notes

Mauro Javier Cardenas on The Revolutionaries Try Again

If someone would have asked me what type of research I was doing for The Revolutionaries Try Again, my first novel set in Ecuador during the 80s and 90s, I would have said, from the highest pedestal I could afford, none, dear, for I grew up in Ecuador during the 80s and early 90s.

Translation Notes

Sophie Hughes on The Comedy of Errors

In translation, there are mistakes and then there are mistakes.

Fiction

No Es Facil by Michael Somes

An enormous cactus grew in Sra. Rosales’ front yard, and it looked exactly like her late husband.

Book Reviews

I Am the Oil of the Engine of the World by Jared Yates Sexton

A quick perusal of Jared Yates Sexton’s previous collections prompts one to consider the work of such distinguished American realists as Richard Ford or Raymond Carver, names that by this point serve as shorthand for a particular kind of story: one that centers on the adversities of a certain kind of down-and-out everyman.