"This novel offers a fascinating look at South American politics and revolution while simultaneously anatomizing a man without a soul."
TOP NEW RELEASE Hear ye, hear ye!: George Prochnik’s The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World (Other Press) is a Top New Release in the Cloud this week owing to the interest in the Austrian writer stirred up by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, a most uplifting, hyper-bookish flick, if you haven’t seen it.
"I had never heard of Zweig…when I just more or less by chance bought a copy of Beware of Pity. I loved this first book, and immediately there were dozens more in front of me that hadn’t been there before. They were all suddenly back in print. I also read the The Post Office Girl, which had been only published for the first time recently. The Grand Budapest Hotel has elements that were sort of stolen from both these books.”
New from Other Press, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig At the End of the World, by George Prochnik. In a mix of family memoir and biography, Prochnik, himself a child of this same peripatetic Jewish flight from the Nazis, tells the story of the great Austrian writer’s last years in search of safe haven, a search that came to a tragic close with the suicides of Zweig and his wife, Lotte in Brazil. A fascinating book.
THE UNLIKELY SETTLER by Lipika Pelham
Julie’s #newrelease pick of the day! “Holy pajamas was I pulled into this book! Lipika Pelham’s experience as the Bangladeshi wife of a Jewish Englishman living with their family in Jerusalem offers a fresh, objective, and very human perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The history of both cultures is well represented, as are the ramifications of the political decisions that shifted entire populations. Her writing is vivid and her storytelling as straightforward as you’d expect from someone who wrote for the BBC. This book will appeal to anyone interested in gaining more understanding of the tense situation in the Middle East, and will particularly appeal to parents faced with raising their children in a culture that is not their own. Five stars!” #newrelease #memoir #israel #palestine #middleeast #otherpress
Big ol’ congratulations, high-fives, & champagne toasts to the Best Translated Book Awards Winner & Runners-Up!
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Let’s talk about otherpress, Pushkin Press, and Stefan Zweig. Other has been all over the news lately as every reviewer and his/her mother jumps on the bandwagon of praise for George Prochnik’s biography of Stefan Zweig, The Impossible Exile (and with good reason). But don’t stop there - dig into Other’s backlist (with a little help from our staff recs) and thank them later. Meanwhile, Pushkin’s been releasing Zweig’s novellas and short stories with style and grace since way before Wes Anderson started talking them up. But why read anything by or about Stefan Zweig, you ask? Because he is your next favorite author. Because his tragedy is the tragedy of the 20th century. Because you need more Zs on your bookshelf. Ok?
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