Nobody with a minimum amount of common sense would ever consider neither one of these books Ablutions (Patrick DeWitt, 2009) and Love Me Back (Merritt Tierce, 2014) as inspirational. On the other hand, what anybody can easily see is that when it comes to writing fiction, these two know pretty damn well what they are doing. In fact, it is really hard to believe that we are talking about a couple of debut novels.
So they are not inspirational but they are honest; brutally honest like those truths we would have been better off not knowing anything about. That’s exactly their offer: all the truth. An “all in” bet. Nothing is saved or hidden from the public. No unnecessary acts of puritanism or false decency. Read more
Join Sean Cotter and Shelby Vincent for a discussion of the joys and terrors of translating literature.Read More