Discovering a new world…

“Pure incomprehensible jibberish” is how a Goodreads reviewer classified Nabile Farès’ Exile and Helplessness, one of the three novels collected in the trilogy just released by Diálogos, Discovery of the New World. Despite this chilly reception on Goodreads, we consider the release of this  work—for the first time in English, and for the first time […]

Michael Clayton interview and review

An interview with Michael Clayton and review of Dead Roosters and Other Stories is up at Trueself. An excerpt: Dead Roosters and Other Stories – recently published by Lavender Ink – is a striking collection of hardscrabble lives and dreams deferred. When I read Michael Clayton’s debut collection Larry Brown came to mind. In fact, […]

Two New Interviews

Two extensive and informative interviews have recently been published with Lavender Ink / Diálogos author/translators.    First, Leslie Tate begins an interview with Mark Statman on the topics of Exile Home, fatherhood, translation, Mark’s move into happy exile from Brooklyn to Oaxaca, and most everything else. Part 1 of a long interview.   Next, please […]

Hank Lazer reviewed by John Yau

John Yau’s thoughtful and thorough review of Hank Lazer’s COVID19 SUTRAS on the Massart blog: COVID19 SUTRAS is full of tenderness, empathy, anger, despair, sadness — the ping-pong ball of feelings bouncing this way and that. Lazer, in his isolation, slows down all of this so he can examine these states of being, while attempting […]

Amanda Boyden at the National Post

Amanda Boyden’s memoir, I Got the Dog: A Memoir of Rising is the topic of a front page article—an interview by Laurie Gough—in Canada’s National Post this morning.  Read the article in the National Post: “Rape, infidelity and the detonation of a marriage: Novelist Amanda Boyden’s tumultuous life has led to new memoir”

Agadir reviewed at Kenyon Review

With his explosive style, surrealist imagery, and political critique, Khaïr-Eddine was among the most important avant-garde writers of his generation. Translators Pierre Joris and Jake Syersak forge a biting idiom in English to convey the apocalyptic world of Agadir, as well as the creative violence of its language. A substantial introduction by Khalid Lyamlahy serves […]

Hank Lazer’s COVID19 SUTRAS reviewed at Tears in the Fence

Ian Brinton reviews Hank Lazers COVID19SUTRAS at Tears in the Fence. What was immediately recognised by Rae Armantrout when commenting on the importance of this collection of poems was that it ‘brings us the news in the way that 18th century ballad broadsides did to Londoners’: ‘Quatrain by quatrain, Lazer sings the present world, its […]

Angelus at The Modern Novel

The Modern Novel site continues its focus on Diálogos books, this time with some long overdue attention to Ruxandra Cesereanu‘s Angelus. Like many of our authors, Cesereanu is little known in the US but well-known in her own country, Romania. Angelus is a thoughtful parable, complex and multi-faceted. Marius Conkan writes: …Angelus raises a series of questions […]

Única at The Modern Novel

The Modern Novel blog has posted an extensive review of Única Looking at the Sea, by Fernando Contreras-Castro, translated by Elaine S. Brooks. Many thanks to John Alvey for this review and the constant work he does with contemporary novels in translation.

Our time of Emergency

Emergency!, by Mohamed Hmoudane, our latest offering of poetry from North Africa, is a Small Press Distribution recommended book this month. Pick up the book, with full-color gravures by Bouchaïb Maoual, at SPD, or right here on the site.     

Of Daewoo

François Bon, the French writer, translator, and activist, traveled to the Lorraine region of France in 2002 to study the effects of the sudden closing of two Daewoo factories there on the “factory town” of Fameck. In an inventive, imagined reportage combining fiction, theater, and interview forms, Bon writes a record of the social devastation […]

A novel of (more than) London

Despite its title, Miloš Crnjanski‘s  A Novel of London is far more than just a novel about London. As its hero wanders the streets and the bureaucracy of the bombed-out city in the wake of WWII, he encounters a host of émigrés from around the world, whose stories also unfold. A pan-European portrait of class […]

Madame St. Clair

Madam St. Clair, Queen of Harlem is the story of a real-life woman’s rise from the slums of Martinique to the heights of Sugar Hill during the Harlem Renaissance. This remarkable story has been told before (for example in the 1997 film Hoodlum, in which Cicely Tyson plays Madam St. Clair). What is unique about Raphaël Confiant‘s […]