Interview in Adroit Journal

A huge, huge pleasure to be interviewed by Manisha Anil Rita for Adroit Journal. Writes Manisha, “For me The Palimpsests is not only the story of an Eastern-European undergoing Bartlebian therapy in order to strip away his knowledge of all languages except Polish; it is also the story of an Australian-born writer coming into contact… Continue reading Interview in Adroit Journal

Aleksandra Lun’s The Palimpsests

is now out with Godine! “I was in the Jewish cemetery of Bucharest and saw the look that the gravedigger’s dog gave its owner, and I knew I was in the presence of a love come late in life—” so goes the perspective on life by Czesław Przęśnicki, an imaginary hero/survivor from the mad, beautiful,… Continue reading Aleksandra Lun’s The Palimpsests

Godine interview on translation and writing

Ahead of Aleksandra Lun’s The Palimpsests‘ release in October, Godine intern Ethan Resek asked me some great questions about my translation practice; the intricacies of translating Aleksandra Lun’s playful, brilliant novel; the ethics and power dynamics of translation; and my own novel, From Here On, Monsters. He also interviewed Aleksandra Lun, who muses on, among other things, how Wagner… Continue reading Godine interview on translation and writing

Extract of The Palimpsests at PEN America

I fell hard for this erudite, madcap, astonishingly inventive book. A bookseller in Barcelona pressed it into my hands in February 2016, a few months after it was released by Editorial Minúscula. “If you want to read something that says this much”—he opened his arms wide—“then this is the book for you.” He couldn’t have… Continue reading Extract of The Palimpsests at PEN America

Extract from Aleksandra Lun’s The Palimpsests in Asymptote

Cover art by Naï Zakharia

…is featured in the latest issue of Asymptote. It starts like this: Illustration by Naï Zakharia   My name is Czesław Przęśnicki, I’m a miserable Eastern-European immigrant and a failed writer, I haven’t engaged in sexual relations for some time and I’ve been committed to an asylum in Belgium, a country that has had no government… Continue reading Extract from Aleksandra Lun’s The Palimpsests in Asymptote