As we round the corner of Typographical Era’s first anniversary, we’ve decided to continue our Best Read in the year tradition, and what a year it has been! Between translations, short stories, novels, memoirs, and essays, readers of all genres will surely find Typographical Era’s Best Read in 2013 list to be a great place to start for reading endeavors in 2014. At least we hope so. Here’s to a great year in reading and to another great year for Typographical Era. Cheers!
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Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World
A Novel by Sabina Berman
Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman
(2010) 2012 / 256 Pages
When Isabelle Nieto inherits her family’s failing tuna fishery after the death of her sister, she moves to the Nieto estate in Mexico in hopes of reviving the business. Soon after moving into the new house, Isabel encounters a strange and wild young girl who seems to be living in the basement. The housekeeper says that Isabelle’s sister took pity on the girl and gave her a place to stay out of “charity,” but Isabelle knows that child must be her niece, Karen.
At first, Karen appears to be permanently brain damaged and “dim-witted,” but Isabelle immediately notices something different about Karen – a spark behind her eyes, a potential to thrive, and an unusual affinity for animals and sea creatures. Thinking that Karen might be stimulated by the activities at the tuna facilities, Isabelle begins to take her to the cannery in between reading and language lessons. It soon becomes apparent that, while Karen might be considered far below average in most fields of education, she excels in other areas of brain development. And while Karen may struggle with daily tasks and human interaction in general, her ability to understand and empathize with animals lead her on a spectacular journey of curiosity, discovery, experience, and wealth. Written from Karen’s extraordinary perspective, Me, Who Dove Into the Hear of the World is structured to mimic the way Karen sees the world – full of surprises, confusing, overwhelming, multifaceted, and completely mesmerizing.