There were over 450 new translations published this year, and trust us, we know from experience, keeping track of them all can be a maddening exercise. Each weekday from now until the end of the year we’ll highlight a different title that you may have missed. From short story collections to epic novels, from award winning works of the highest literary caliber to trashy romantic beach reads, we’ll feature the very best, and the very worst that 2015 had to offer, one book at a time.
Spanning 1,000 years of European history, Gabi Gleichmann’s debut novel The Elixir of Immortality (Other Press) is a heart-wrenching epic that elegantly blends historical fact with flourishes of magical realism as it attempts to unravel the true meaning behind family, love, religion, and life itself. I had a chance to catch up with Mr. Gleichmann via phone on his recent trip to America. Unsurprisingly, we had a lot to talk about.