Jose Saramago

JoseSaramago

Just got in a wonderful collection of books by Portuguese author Jose Saramago (1922-2010). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1998. He had been writing and recognized for years, but Blindness was his breakout book in America, particularly after the film was released. His work is often fantastical, parable-like, and based in history. He writes some wonderful, long sentences and does not use punctuation conventionally, which gets him placed in the difficult or experimental camps. This is a great group of first American printings. Nearly all fine in fine dust jackets.

Though this does not include his entire English-language bibliography, it’s a good part of the material.

Paperbacks – more than just cheap reading copies – real pieces of literary history

paperbacks

Paperbacks are such an integral part of selling literature in translation. Many first American and English-language printings are issued this way, usually by small and independent presses. Represented here:

Archipelago; New Directions; Atlas; Dalkey Archive; Two Lines. Be sure to check these out and more on our Abe Books storefront.

 

More great titles

We continue to add excellent selections to our literature in translation inventory. These and many other awesome books listed in our “Literature in Translation” ABEbooks catalog here.

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More Literature in Translation

As Black Forest Bookshop continues to grow, I am increasing my focus around literature in translation. It is most often what I read for reasons I find myself never quite sure how to explain. Undoubtedly, my discovery of W.G. Sebald and Thomas Bernhard years ago was a start, coupled with my experience of traveling in Germany several times. The tone of story-telling, the styles I was unaccustomed to reading in many American authors, and the general wider perspective continues to influence and widen this approach. Here are a few items recently acquired. Be sure to check out the many other wonderful books by foreign authors listed at our online shop here.

Recent Arrivals

  1. Laszlo Krasznahorkai – The Melancholy of Resistance is an amazing and powerful book. Called by Susan Sontag “the contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse” this book deserves a read! Long, flowing sentences depicting a village, a visiting circus, and a giant whale in a truck. Turned into the great film Werckmeister Harmonies by Bela Tarr.
  2. E.M. Forster – An excellent example of the New Directions Alvin Lustig dust jackets from the New Classics series.
  3. Frank Bidart – This book won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. Nice associative inscription to fellow writer.
  4. Karl Shapiro – Nice collection by Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner.
  5. Yasunari Kawabata – Nobel Prize winners (1968) collection of over 70 of his short short stories. A form he practiced through much of his career that may give the reader an intimate, distilled look at his art.
  6. Michael Punke – The first edition of this tale of Hugo Glass, the driven (mad?) mountain man, who, after surviving a bear attack, tracks the men who abandoned him. Turned into the powerful and beautiful film, The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro Inarritu.