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The Hole by Hiroko Oyamada - Book Review

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By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811228879
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Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

A surreal, and mildly disturbing 112 page novel, narrated by Asa, who moves to the countryside with her husband for his new job. It's an unusually hot summer, and Asa passes the time meandering through the woods, cleaning the house, and walking through town. Incrementally, she becomes troubled by mysterious encounters with unidentifiable creatures, strangers in the 7-eleven and her in-laws. Reality becomes disorganized, as sentences repeat, characters appear, then vanish, and Asa slips further into what feels like insanity. This short novel doesn't leave you with any answers- it's a beautiful, slow burning fever dream. ~ Reviewed by Allegra Krieger


The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin - Book Review

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By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780441478125
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Published: Ace - March 15th, 1987

An epic, anti-nationalist, love story that takes place on a futuristic, frozen planet in a completely original world. Set a thousand years in the future, it's an examination on gender, power, and our relationship to patriotism and place. When Ai, a human from Terra, embarks to another planet called Gethen to unify the two worlds, he learns that the people of Gethen have no gender, and therefore no power imbalances between the sexes, which influences a drastic difference in societal functionality between the two planets. Le Guin is a master at world building, and in this completely fictional world, she empathetically brings questions of morality and human nature to the forefront. Full of suspense, heartache, and tender moments, this is one of my favorite books. ~ Reviewed by Allegra Krieger


S. S. Proleterka by Fleur Jaeggy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780811215503
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Published: New Directions - November 17th, 2003

A meandering story about a fifteen year old girl, a.k.a Johannes' daughter, as she sifts through childhood memories, centering on a cruise to Greece onboard the SS Proleterka with her father, Johannes. Often shifting perspective between the young girl, her older self, and a third party narrator, this novel is strange, and telescopic, with an acute focus on death, grief, and coming of age. Johannes' daughter recounts experiences from her youth as easily as she forgets them. Bleak, though never tragic, and brimming with a slightly insidious sense of humor, Jaeggy's idiosyncratic prose is brutally honest, succinct, and deeply stirring. ~ Reviewed by Allegra Krieger


Too Much of Life: The Complete Crônicas by Clarice Lispector - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780811226790
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

In this collection of essays, ponderings, critiques, and short stories, originally written for a weekly article in Brazil's leading newspaper, you will be transported into Lispector's inquisitive, introspective world. She brings poetry and romance to the mundane and macabre with great wisdom, self deprecation, and poignant, often hilarious insight, as she plainly speaks about her daily life. From conversations with neighbors to thoughts on political movements, these articles act as a beautiful documentation of a brilliant writer, and her beloved Brazil. ~ Reviewed by Allegra Krieger


Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse by Melissa Lozada-Oliva - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781662601651
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Published: Astra House - September 27th, 2022

An absurdist, endearing love story with a punk spirit- navigating loneliness, heartache, & belonging. Part opera, part sci-fi, part confessional, Lozada-Oliva weaves an intimate, yet universally rooted sentiment through a semi-fantasy world after resurrecting the pop-sensation Selena from the dead. Using a greek chorus-esque "las chismosas" (the gossip between abuelas, aunts, neighbors) to tie everything together, you will laugh and cry as the young poet takes you through the four acts, grappling with identity crisis, love, and the many nuances of being a young Latinx artist. Written in Lozada-Oliva's singular, poetic voice- I highly recommend it! ~ Reviewed by Allegra Krieger


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