Staff Pick

A novel equal in its ambition and brilliance, Insurrecto chronicles the journey of two women, an American filmmaker and her Filipino translator, as they attempt to tell two competing narratives of a single event: The Balangiga Massacre of 1901 when, during the American occupation of the Philippines, the American military murdered thousands of Filipino men, women, and children. A landmark novel in Filipino-American fiction, it grapples with the uneven relationship between the United States and the Philippines, a relationship that resulted in the total enrichment of the former and the absolute subjugation of the latter.

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ISBN: 9781616959449
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Soho Press - November 13th, 2018

Staff Pick

Fresh from his Man Booker International nomination for Compass, Mathias Énard returns to the literary world with his new book, Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants (New Directions, $19.95). His new novel is a fictionalized account of Michelangelo, the famed sculptor, and his sojourn in the Turkish city of Constantinople to build a bridge for Sultan Ali Pasha. The novel, though short,  showcases Énard’s trademark intelligence and agility by interposing what to the reader seem to be historical documents and epistolary asides to create a metafictional narrative that centers on what artists go through in the act of creating their art. However, what is truly impressive in this novel is Énard’s capacity to evoke sixteenth-century Constantinople. Reading Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants gives the reader a sense of place that few writers can match.

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By Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811227049
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Published: New Directions - November 27th, 2018

Staff Pick

William Boyd’s Love Is Blind (Knopf, $26.95) is the story of Brodie Moncur, a piano tuner born with perfect pitch. It is his perfect pitch that takes him from a banal village in Scotland to the cosmopolitan cities of Edinburgh, Paris, and St. Petersburg. It is in these cities that he meets John Kilbarron, “the Irish Liszt,” and his romantic companion, Lika Blum. It is within this triangle of different people that conflicts of love, duplicity, and revenge fester. It is an age-old story told with Boyd’s clear and elegant style of writing. Readers who have missed Boyd’s beautifully-written narratives about a hero’s journey through a particular time period will rejoice at Boyd’s return after a three-year silence. Readers who have not yet read him but still enjoy good historical fiction will find Love Is Blind as a good entry point to Boyd’s marvelous oeuvre. 

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ISBN: 9780525655268
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018