A Genre beyond Gender: Anne Garréta’s Sphinx

Gaëlle Cogan

A Genre beyond Gender: Anne Garréta’s <em>Sphinx</em>

Translated from French by Emma Ramadan. Dallas, TX: Deep Vellum Publishing, 2015. 152 pages. $14.95. Alan Turing’s artificial intelligence test stems from a lesser-known imitation game involving three players: a man, a woman, and an interrogator of either gender. In…

Slipped Boundaries, Infinite Lives: The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

Vanessa Blakeslee

Slipped Boundaries, Infinite Lives: <em>The End of Days</em> by Jenny Erpenbeck

Translated by Susan Bernofsky. New York, NY: New Directions Press, 2014. 239 pages. $23.95. One needs courage to emerge from a Jenny Erpenbeck novel merely stirred to deeper contemplation and not to paranoia about the mysteries of metaphysics, and how…

On Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid Book VI

Florian Gargaillo

On Seamus Heaney’s <em>Aeneid Book VI</em>

New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. 112 pages. $23.00. In an opening note, Seamus Heaney writes that his translation of the Aeneid’s sixth book came out of a lifelong wish to honor his Latin teacher at St. Columb’s…

On Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard

Arianne Zwartjes

On <em>Street of Thieves</em> by Mathias Énard

Translated by Charlotte Mandell. Rochester, NY: Open Letter, 2014. 265 pages. $15.95. Mathias Énard’s Street of Thieves reads like a gray, thundercloud-filled afternoon with a charged, energized, and pensive dark. Translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell and published in…

Life as Dark Broth: Quiet Creature on the Corner by João Gilberto Noll

Simon Chandler

Life as Dark Broth: <em>Quiet Creature on the Corner</em> by João Gilberto Noll

Trans. Adam Morris. San Francisco, CA: Two Lines Press, 2016. 120 pages. $9.95. It's always nice to know just what a celebrated author thinks about life, and when he opens Quiet Creature on the Corner with the allusive sentence, "A…

The Mathematics of History: On Michèle Audin's One Hundred Twenty-One Days

Jonathan Russell Clark

The Mathematics of History: On Michèle Audin's <em>One Hundred Twenty-One Days</em>

Trans. Christiana Hills. Dallas, TX: Deep Vellum Publishing, 2016. 200 pages. $14.95. In 1960, the writer Raymond Queneau and the engineer François Le Lionnais founded Ouvroir de littérature potentielle (“workshop of potential literature”), which came to be known by the…

An Iranian Tsvetaeva

Rebecca Gould

An Iranian Tsvetaeva

Mirror of Dew: The Poetry of Ālam-Tāj Zhāle Qā'em-Maqāmi. Translated with commentary by Asghar Seyed-Gohrab. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2014. 224 pages. $24.95. Scholars of Persian poetry have had the good fortune to witness a flurry of publications in recent…

The Limits of the Unexpected: The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera

Rien Fertel

The Limits of the Unexpected: <em>The Transmigration of Bodies</em> by Yuri Herrera

Translated by Lisa Dillman. Los Angeles, CA: And Other Stories, 2016. 101 pages. $13.95. If Yuri Herrera has his way, the world won’t go out with a whimper or bang but will end much like this morning began: with the…

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