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Past Book Club Titles

April 2019
Lebanon (German)
The Storyteller by Pierre Jarawan, trans. Sinéad Crowe and Rachel McNicholl (World Editions)
March 2019
Switzerland (German)
One Another by Monique Schwitter, trans. Tess Lewis (Persea Books)
“An all-too-rare ‘honest novel about love,’ representing contemporary female characters without ever being ‘pious, ashamed or guilty.’”
February 2019
Algeria (French)
“Muslim”: A Novel by Zahia Rahmani, trans. Matt Reeck (Deep Vellum)
“Breaking out ‘the constraints of a pair of quotation marks,’ the protagonist’s voice ‘represents an effort to outtalk the multitude that would mischaracterize her and confine her to a type.’”
January 2019
Hungary (Hungarian)
Night School by Zsófia Bán, trans. Jim Tucker (Open Letter)
“Offers us a world in which the underdogs of history are free to tell their own stories, and boundaries are transformed and transgressed.”
December 2018
Rwanda (French)
The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga, trans. Jordan Stump (Archipelago)
“A ‘haunted and haunting’ love letter to her mother and the generation lost in the Rwandan genocide.”
November 2018
Croatia (Croatian)
The Hotel Tito by Ivana Bodrožić, trans. Ellen Elias-Bursać (Seven Stories Press)
“Called ‘the most powerful Croatian novel written about the war of the 1990s,’ Bodrožić’s harrowing work is characterised by a surprising lightness of touch.”
October 2018
Turkey (Turkish)
Like a Sword Wound by Ahmet Altan, trans. Brendan Freeley and Yelda Türedi (Europa Editions)
“A breathless portrait of late-19th century Istanbul—the corrupt, violent and authoritarian core of a failing empire—as well as a handful of its key actors.”
September 2018
Thailand (Thai)
Moving Parts by Prabda Yoon, trans. Mui Poopoksakul (Tilted Axis Press)
“A collection of short stories that dismembers feelings like shame, love, and boredom via a cast of Bangkokians ranging from the high elite to the marginal.”
August 2018
France (French)
The Revenge of the Translator by Brice Matthieussent, trans. Emma Ramadan (Deep Vellum)
“A novel in which a translator escapes from the confines of the translator’s note to enter and interact with the text he is translating.”
July 2018
Brazil (Portuguese)
I Didn't Talk by Beatriz Bracher, trans. Adam Morris (New Directions)
“An aging professor in Brazil sifts through his childhood memories, circling the personal and collective trauma of the country’s time under dictatorship.”
June 2018
Germany (German)
The Tidings of the Trees by Wolfgang Hilbig, trans. Isabel Cole Fargo (Two Lines Press)
“A failed writer wages a war against the garbage men who have turned the beloved woodland of his childhood memories into a dump.”
May 2018
China (Chinese)
The Chilli Bean Paste Clan by Yan Ge, trans. Nicky Harman (Balestier Press)
“In this black comedy, the adult children of a factory-owning matriarch in small-town Sichuan attempt to organize her 80th birthday party.”
April 2018
Spain (Catalan)
Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf, trans. Mara Faye Lethem (& Other Stories)
“Blending memoir and fiction, essay and novel, Kopf examines her brother’s autism and her own artistic ambitions through the lens of polar exploration.”
March 2018
Italy (Italian)
Trick by Domenico Starnone, trans. Jhumpa Lahiri (Europa Editions)
“An elderly Neapolitan artist contronts mortality, creativity and the meaning of life while babysitting his mischievous young grandson.”
February 2018
Norway (Norwegian)
Love by Hanne Ørstavik, trans. Martin Aitken (Archipelago)
“A tightly-wound psychological tale which unfolds over a single snowy Norwegian night, from one of that country’s contemporary masters.”
January 2018
India (Bengali)
Aranyak by Bibhutibhushan Badyopadhyay, trans. Rimli Battacharya (Seagull Books)
“In this 1930s classic of Bengali literature, a bureaucrat from Calcutta ponders the wild beauty of the jungle he is tasked with turning into farmland.”
December 2017
Argentina (Spanish)
The Lime Tree by Cesar Aira, trans. Chris Andrews (& Other Stories)
“A slim, brilliant quasi-memoir about childhood in small-town Argentina under Peronist rule.”

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How do you choose which books to feature?
If you loved our 76 Translation Tuesday showcases at The Guardian, you’ve already seen how we cast the net far and wide to bring you the best literature from around the globe. As the very first magazine to receive the London Book Fair’s International Literary Translation Initiative Award in 2015, Asymptote has established a reputation for rigorous curation through its quarterly issues and daily blog. The Book Club is another way of using our expertise to help you find your next great read.

Partnering with the very best independent publishers like New Directions, Archipelago, and & Other Stories, we will take great pains to curate our selection to reflect the diversity of world literature today. All the picks will be brand-new titles translated into English. We pick what we believe will be future award-winners and cult classics, the kind of books which start conversations and keep you thinking long after the last page.
I don’t live in the US, the UK, or the EU. Can I still join the Book Club?
Unfortunately, we are currently only able to ship to subscribers in the US, the UK, or the EU. If you live elsewhere but would like to participate in the Book Club, please send an email with the subject header “ADD TO MAILING LIST” to get the latest updates as we work to expand our reach!
What if I want to cancel my subscription midway through the year?
We work very hard to pick the best titles that you will want to read, so we hope this won’t be the case. That said, we understand that circumstances change. If you sign up for a year but no longer want to receive Asymptote Book Club titles after the first six months, email us stating your name and address, your intent to cancel your subscription and your reason for cancelling the subscription. We will refund you a pro-rata amount based on the number of months left on your subscription, minus handling fees. If you’re unsure whether the book club will be right for you, we suggest signing up for the three-month package to begin with!
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As far as possible, we’ll make sure with our publisher partners beforehand that the titles we send out are exclusive to our Book Club members (i.e., not available through other subscription services). In the event that you do receive a repeat title—even though we don't expect that to happen—we’ll be happy to refund you for that particular month. We aim to keep our subscribers happy.
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That's because Asymptote is incorporated in Singapore (where our editor-in-chief is from) and as such, our Paypal account is tied to SGD, the currency that Singapore uses. As a gesture of appreciation for your support, we absorb all PayPal fees.
How can I connect with other members of the Book Club?
There will be an online discussion space where members of the Book Club can discuss each month’s title and connect with other world literature enthusiasts! We will also be holding in-person Book Club meetings in cities like New York and London, and we encourage subscribers to organize their own meetups through the online discussion space.
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