Historical Science Fiction Romance Adventure!?: The Perplexing World of Jan Jacob Slauerhoff’s The Forbidden Kingdom

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking nonstop about this year’s crop of Best Translated Book Award nominated authors, translators, and publishers. Now it’s time for us to take a deeper dive into what this award really celebrates: the beauty of storytelling and the art of translation. Over the next few days, leading up to the announcement of the winner on the 28th, we’ll take a closer look at different aspects of several of the nominated titles.

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The Bees by Laline Paull

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Accept, Obey and Serve

Laline Paull’s debut novel gives new meaning to the concept of “hive mentality,” with the story of Flora 717 – a lowly worker bee who is desperate to spread her wings and become a forager.  As a sanitation worker, Flora and her kin are doomed to a life of subservience and filth.  Responsible for cleaning and maintaining the hive, sanitation workers are necessary and important, but treated as though they are expendable.

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Are The Terrorists Victims Too?: The Devastating Beauty of Mahi Binebine’s Horses of God

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking nonstop about this year’s crop of Best Translated Book Award nominated authors, translators, and publishers. Now it’s time for us to take a deeper dive into what this award really celebrates: the beauty of storytelling and the art of translation.  Over the next few days, leading up to the announcement of the winner on the 28th, we’ll take a closer look at different aspects of several of the nominated titles.

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Long Man by Amy Greene

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This river’s underneath their skin.  They won’t forget

From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, Long Man is Amy Greene’s long-awaited second novel that returns to themes of family ties and displacement in southern Appalachia.  In the late summer of 1936, the Tennessee Valley Authority has built a dam that promises to bring electricity to many rural areas of east Tennessee, but at what cost to the locals?

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Is There A Woman Who Do Not Laugh Erupted?: The Importance of Sam Garrett

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking nonstop about this year’s crop of Best Translated Book Award nominated authors, translators, and publishers. Now it’s time for us to take a deeper dive into what this award really celebrates: the beauty of storytelling and the art of translation.  Over the next few days, leading up to the announcement of the winner on the 28th, we’ll take a closer look at different aspects of several of the nominated titles.

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