Indie Spotlight: Open Letter Books

Article by mark

Easily my favorite discovery in the last two years, Open Letter Books is a non-profit publisher of literature in translation. I first read THE DARK by Argentine novelist Sergio Chejfec and was blown away, mesmerized. I went backwards and read every Chejfec novel published by Open Letter, including MY TWO WORLDS and THE PLANETS. Chejfec’s books are very insular and meditative with echoes of W.G. Sebald. Another title is NAVIDAD AND MATANZA by Chilean Carlos Labbé, a small and experimental novel with hints of Bolaňo that manages in ninety-two pages the breadth of a large novel. I’m currently reading Rubem Fonseca’s THE TAKER, a short story collection brimming with the violence and humor of life in Rio de Janeiro.

Open Letter capped 2014 with A THOUSAND FORESTS IN ONE ACORN an inexhaustible, nearly endless anthology of Spanish fiction. It includes interviews with twenty-eight authors as diverse as Carlos Fuentes to Esther Tusquets, with each explaining the sample of their writing they believe best exemplifies their body of work.

Open Letter books are always wonderful to hold with gorgeous and minimal book designs that somehow speak to the work. I can’t begin to do justice to all the great books Open Letter is publishing and the many languages and countries they’re translated from. With publishing houses like Open Letter, there is hope in the world for serious and quality literature in translation. Open Letter is a treasure.

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The Dark Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934824436
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - December 11th, 2013

My Two Worlds Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Margaret B. Carson (Translator), Enrique Vila-Matas (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781934824283
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - August 16th, 2011

Planets Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781934824399
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - June 12th, 2012

Navidad & Matanza Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781934824924
Availability: Backordered
Published: Open Letter Books - April 15th, 2014

The Taker and Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934824023
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - November 15th, 2008

A Thousand Forests in One Acorn: An Anthology of Spanish-Language Fiction Cover Image
By Valerie Miles (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781934824917
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - September 2nd, 2014

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