Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hey Small Press!. . .

Here's a great new blog to check out.  Hey Small Press! is a site devoted to getting more great books by small and independent publishers into public libraries. It's a U.S. initiative, started by librarians, and they hope to review ten new and upcoming titles a month. They will then send their list to libraries across the country urging them to stock these great finds on their shelves.  What a terrific idea!

One of their latest posts is a review of Imre Kertész's novel Fiasco, translated by Tim Wilkinson, which has just been brought into English translation by Melville House. This is a perfect example of why the small presses shouldn't be ignored.  Despite winning the Nobel Prize for literature,  it's still taken this long to get some of his works translated into English!  Fiasco is the third is a loose trilogy that began with Fatelessness and Kaddish For An Unborn Child, and details the experience of coming home from Auschwitz, only to find one's country taken over by the Communists.  So yes, an important writer for all library shelves.

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