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On Our Nightstand, May 18th-24th

Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!

Anna in Brentwood
The Literary Conference
By Cesar Aira
A hilarious and bizarre novella about a writer–named Cesar Aira–who attends a literary conference in Venezuela for the purpose of stealing the genetic material of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes in order to clone an army of geniuses.

Diane in Brentwood
The Surrendered
By Chang-rae Lee
This novel presents the Korean War in a way you’ve never thought of before.

Elise in Oakland
Boom!
By Mark Haddon
A cute, imaginative, and relatable kids’ book by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in which the protagonist and his best friend discover that their teachers are aliens.

Geo in Brentwood
Kissing the Mask
By William T. Vollmann
Vollmann’s sincere interest in an obscure art form–Japanese Noh theater–is inspiring and fascinating.

Kim in Malibu
Pedro Paramo
By Juan Rulfo
Simple and evocative magical realism said to have influenced Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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A Whole New World of Reading

David Del Vecchio of Idlewild Books in New York has a piece on the Huffington Post about the nominees for the 2010 Best Translated Book Award. The 10 finalists, all of which arrived in English for the first time in 2009, represent 10 different countries and seven different languages. The Brentwood store’s Anna has read the Argentinean nominee, Cesar Aira‘s Ghosts, which she found “hypnotic and gloriously odd.” We’re looking forward to checking out the rest of the intriguing volumes on this diverse list before the winner is announced on March 10th.

ETA: Those interested in the complicated and controversial translation process would also enjoy checking out Edith Grossman‘s incisive new book, Why Translation Matters.

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