Humiliation by Paulina Flores, translated by Megan McDowell
Drawing from the various ways in which people experience humiliation. particularly that associated with poverty and social insecurity, each of the stories in this taut collection pivot on a moment of disillusionment, when the truth of a person, a neighbourhood, a memory, is revealed. Tales from the economic edge of contemporary life in Chile, where parents are laid off and youthful dreams bump against harsh reality, these narratives mark the emergence of a politically engaged and daring new writer.
The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera, translated by Garza
Suzanne Jill Levine and
Occasionally a publication comes along that feels like an event, a book that should immediately form part of every reader's library. This is one such book. Arguably responsible for putting Brazilian fiction on the map, Machado de Assis produced a diverse body of work, notable for its inventiveness. Whether you work your way from cover to cover or dip in at random points, this collection perfectly showcases his manifold talents.
An Orphan World by Giuseppe Caputo, translated by Juana Adcock and Sophie Hughes
A tribute to the resilience of LGBTQ communities, particularly those on the economic margins, and, in part, a memorial to the victims of homophobia, An Orphan World is an uncompromising exploration of sexuality and violence. It is a book shot through with a yearning (for sex, for intimacy, for security, for oblivion) that flows into chat rooms and saunas, clubs and the night sky. if you're a fan Garth Greenwell and Edouard Louis or simply looking for an important new voice in queer fiction, you need to read this.
The Besieged City by Clarice Lispector, translated by Johnny Lorenz
Arguably the most challenging and divisive of Lispector's novels, The Besieged City has much to offer a reader willing to bow to its demands. The development of Sao Geraldo from a township, its peace occasionally shattered by the presence of wild horses, into a modern metropolis, pure surface. pure exteriority, investigates the nature of objects and ways of seeing.