Eros the Bittersweet, by Anne Carson

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The Dalkey Archives reissue of Carson's outstanding study is as much a major literary event as its initial publication in 1986 was. Carson, a poet, playwright, translator, and classics scholar, delves deep into Ancient Greek literature--primarily Sappho's writings--to illuminate the abiding mysteries of love and desire. Combining research, imagination, and her inimitable flare, Carson dissects words, phrases, fragments, and whole poems, creating not just a masterpiece of literary criticism, but an essay that is itself a work of art.


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By Anne Carson, Sandra Newman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781628973860
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - August 9th, 2022

Saint Sebastian's Abyss, by Mark Haber

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In his sophomore novel Haber explores the nature of obsession and friendship through the lens of two art critics who have hedged their careers on an obscure painter from the Dutch Renaissance and his magnum opus, Saint Sebastian’s Abyss. The narrative follows the self-serious and hilarious antics of these two friends-turned-rivals as they attempt to unlock the meaning of what is, by all accounts, an insignificant work by a raving and perverse madman from the 16th century. With the absurdity of academia and the meaninglessness of capital D discourse as his fodder, Haber has written one of my favorite books of 2022 so far.

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ISBN: 9781566896368
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 10th, 2022

When I Sing, Mountains, Dance, by Irene Sola

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Translated from the Catalan, the award-winning writer's novel-in-stories features the Pyrenees as both a setting and a character. Similarly, the book numbers ghosts, animals, plants, and inanimate objects, in addition to humans, among its many narrators as it recounts the story of a family hounded by hardship and death. The struggles Sola depicts, however, encapsulate not just the horror of life in this legendary mountain range, but also its beauty, making it one of the most exciting books of 2022 so far.

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ISBN: 9781644450802
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 15th, 2022