Book Subscription Box 2: Abdelrahman Munif + Annie Ernaux
The June Book Subscription Box 2 features Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif and Happening by Annie Ernaux.
Cities of Salt By Abdelrahman Munif
Banned in Saudia Arabia, this is a blistering look at Arab and American hypocrisy following the discovery of oil in a poor oasis community. Cities of Salt is a petrofiction novel by Abdul Rahman Munif. It was first published in Lebanon in 1984 and was immediately recognized as a major work of Arab literature. It was translated into English by Peter Theroux.
Happening by Annie Ernaux
In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child. This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame.
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Olga Tokarczuk's The Books of Jacob
Each February Book Box will include 2018 Nobel Prize winner, Olga Tokarczuk's The Books of Jacob! We first showcased Olga Tokarczuk in 2017 with her House of Day, House of Night and she is back in our Book Box with a much-awaited new release. The Books of Jacob was first published in 2014 in Polish and we have been WAITING for it to be translated and released in English. And it's finally here with a U.S. release date of February 2022! A rich, sweeping novel, that is said to be her most ambitious work, The Books of Jacob is set in the mid 18th century, and follows the life of Jacob Frank, a young Jewish man who arrives in a village in Poland.
Suat Dervis' In the Shadow of the Yali
Suat Dervis is one of the leading female authors of Turkish literature. This wonderful novel, set in a changing Istanbul of the1940's, tells the story of forbidden love and of its consequences. The English translation was published in the U.S. last September by Other Press.
Here's an excerpt "She loved looking at the opposite shore, and the blue waters of the Bosphorus, only rarely becalmed, almost always racing in one direction or the other.
She loved standing at the door of the black kitchen watching the cook among his great vats and strange copper tools
He would talk to himself, this cook, and scold the ghosts of his old apprentices."
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