Recent Reviews and News
Two Zephyr Press books have been shortlisted for the 2014 Best Translated Book Awards from Three Percent. Relocations and Paul Klee’s Boat are among ten books vying for selection as the poetry winner. Two Zephyr translators, Sean Cotter and Steve Bradbury, also have books in contention, Cotter in fiction and Bradbury in poetry.
Colonies, by Tomasz Różycki and translated by Mira Rosenthal, has been shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. The winners, to be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards on Thursday, June 5th, in Toronto, will each be awarded $65,000.
Relocations is a highly enjoyable collection of poetry introducing
the English-language world to three incredibly diverse and talented women poets
writing in Russian that could be as meaningful to a casual fan of poetry
as to a comparative literature scholar.
Yu Xiang’s poems are the poetic equivalent of shoegazer rock. She takes
the mundane—a whiff of cigarette smoke, a falling leaf, a housefly—and
stares at it so intently that it splits open to reveal something unexpected.
Różycki is a cultural ambassador of a particular generational experience:
that of the grandchildren of the Poles moved west from their eastern cities.
His generation, like mine, represents new growth of old family lines in new soil.
That a rare poet like Bai Hua has an accomplished poet like
Fiona Sze-Lorrain to bring his work to an English-speaking audience is wonderful.
The result is a beautiful collection that helps the reader understand a poet
of such quiet restraint and largeness of heart.
The title of the book [Wind Says] succinctly characterizes
Bai's style—restless, murmuring, with an impressionistic
brevity of image—and also displays Sze-Lorrain's translating prowess.
Paul Klee’s Boat, Anzhelina Polonskaya’s [latest book], is an emotional journey
through the bleakest seasons of the human soul, translated with great nuance
by Andrew Wachtel… a vital addition to the contemporary poetry canon,
a collection as interesting as it is touching that will inevitably be remembered
for years to come.
Motherless Child is a superbly wrought romantic page-turner that has elements
in it of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca,
with more than a touch of the latter’s gothic essence.
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