Staff Pick

Malte's prize-winning French epic uses a kind of overwhelming romanticism we sadly don't see that much. Its language is flowery, its characters bursting with emotion, and its scope vast. Disregard the cover for a second. This does become a war story, devastatingly so once World War One strikes, but more so it's a vision of what France looked like in the early twentieth century, as seen from the time-honored viewpoint of the un-socialized and mute "wild child" who must gradually adapt to the civilized world. With each new experience, you feel the book's tone add another register to its considerable repertoire.

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By Marcus Malte, Emma Ramadan (Translated by), Tom Roberge (Translated by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781632061713
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Published: Restless Books - March 26th, 2019

Staff Pick

Turn off what you're listening to (whether it's an audiobook, the author's music with Galaxie 500 or Damon and Naomi, or even the podcast this book began as), take out your headphones, look around you for a second to really see wherever you are, and read this now. It's a beautifully designed reproduction on the page of what feels like the best conversation you've ever had about sound, mostly musical and environmental, in the age of the smart phone. Krukowski's voice on the page is, dare I say, a very centering voice to read: he understands why we shut out the noise of the world around us, why we like having seemingly all music at our fingertips, and also why we need a second just to breathe and reflect on what we really find valuable.

 

 

 

 

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By Damon Krukowski, Emily Thompson (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780262039642
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Published: Mit Press - April 9th, 2019

Staff Pick

Ikonomou's book is an up-to-the-minute fictional portrait of a Greek island as seen by Athens-raised "foreigners" increasingly populating it in the wake of economic crisis and German austerity, much to the resentment of island natives. That premise alone can suggest an explosion of themes and dilemmas -- gentrification, migration, squandered education, a still-mythic national identity in a time of tourism and squalor -- but it's the individual scenes and the fractured charm of the characters that speak loudest: a drunk searching a cave for his lost boy, a couple hoping to start a restaurant without upsetting the neighbors, and a slew of other idealists hoping that good will, indeed, comes from the sea. Let this book sit with you, and you'll feel it slowly expanding within you, waiting to explode.

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By Christos Ikonomou, Karen Emmerich (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781939810212
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Published: Archipelago - March 12th, 2019

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