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 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.
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.
Some select items from today’s upload! Again, spanning the world and ideas. Poetry, prose, essays.
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.