Friends and StrangersBy Max Frisch, translated from the German by Linda Frazee Baker
Max Frisch was one of the great twentieth century masters of the novel, drama, and journal forms. Born in Switzerland in 1911, he came to prominence after World War II as a literary and public figure unalterably opposed to fascism in all its forms, speaking out on many issues.
Giorgio de Chirico’s ‘Other’ Novel: An Excerpt from Monsieur Dudrontranslated from the Italian by Ara H. Merjian
At once meandering tale, aesthetic treatise, and autobiography à cle, the book marked both a departure from, and a culmination of, de Chirico’s writings since the 1910s, finding him venture for the first time into experimental narrative prose.
“Kiki Ortega” From NefandoBy Mónica Ojeda, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker.
Nefando is composed of a collection of interviews, journal entries, the beginnings of a novel, online forum discussions about a controversial video game, and drawings that work together to create a portrait of six people sharing an apartment in Barcelona. Told through various voices, this novel is an examination of trauma and sexuality and the ways such experiences are navigated in the digital age.
Highlights from the Life of Raymond Roussel #9: BlissBy Tom Motley
T. Motley is serializing Highlights from the Life of Raymond Roussel in the Brooklyn Rail, helped by a grant from the Spillway Fund, spillwayfund.org. Text translated from the French by Harry Mathews, Trevor Winkfield, Mark Ford, John Harmon, John Ashbery, Mark Polizzotti, and Rupert Copeland Cuningham.
inSerial: part three
By Eugène Sue, translated from the French by Robert Bononno
The Mysteries of Paris
he Schoolmaster and the Owl, lurking in an alley just opposite the bar, watched as Chourineur walked down the street alongside a house that was being demolished. Soon, his steps, made heavy by the evening’s abundant libations, were lost in the howling wind and the splattering of the rain against the walls. Tom and Sarah left the tavern in spite of the storm and headed in the direction away from Chourineur.
New Routes in Fiction: ANDREW MARTIN with Alec Niedenthal
Andrew Martin's Early Work is a rich, morally complex novel about infidelity among millenials. What develops is a powerful novel of manners that shows how a subset of smart millenials think, how they love and betray each other.