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Like many Ishiguro books, for the most part it was boring and quiet. The language was plain. It is worth reading if you'd like to practice what it is to become more aware of where you are.
Lauren Redniss won a "genius grant" for her work in threading non-fiction, reporting, and art. What could be contrived is seamless and bare of pretense. Highly recommended if you have an interest in experimental non-fiction and Native American history.
Too often translation is taken merely as a tool. Don Mee Choi rebukes this blind act, and in a blend of poetry and journalism, reminds us that translation is always a project that engages the core of history. As Choi puts it, translation recognizes that "history is ever arriving."
A speculative and Kafkaesque blend of Han Kang's The Vegetarian and Fahrenheit 451. If you're curious what the world would be like if Cannibalism was legalized and regulated, then give this book a try. Agustina Bazterrica won the Premio Clarín de Novela for this book, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Latin America.
If you like experiments in genre, poetics, and queer topics--this is for you.