New Translations for July

July 21, 2015

The Exchange of PrincessesThe Exchange of Princesses

Chantal Thomas
John Cullen, tr.
Other Press

The royal houses of France and Spain trade their princesses in 1722, hoping to strengthen the bonds of the two countries and bring peace. Yet nothing turns out as expected. This work of fiction brings to life historical characters from the French and Spanish courts who are otherwise lifeless.

 

The JourneyThe Journey

Sergio Pitol
George Henson, tr.
Deep Vellum Press

Based on the author’s own travel journals, this book takes the reader through the Soviet Union during 1986. The second volume in Pitol’s Trilogy of Memory, the story travels through Prague, the Caucasus, Moscow, and Leningrad, as the author reflects on the impact of Russian literature and the power that literature holds.

 

Twenty-One Days of a NeurasthenicTwenty-One Days of a Neurasthenic

Octave Mirbeau
Justin Vicari, tr.
Dalkey Archive Press

Driven mad by life during the beginning of the twentieth century, Georges Vasseur leaves to find a cure. He comes across corrupt politicians, amnesiac coquettes, cheerfully sadistic killers, imperialist generals, and quack psychiatrists. In many ways his experiences could be had in modern day.

 

Amy Lantrip is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of California Irvine. Her research focuses on gender, science fiction, and humor in early modern and modern Chinese literature.

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