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    Gift a year of translated novellas!

    Your gift recipient will receive three books of world-class translated fiction delivered straight to their door.

    ‘A class act’ The Guardian

    ‘The foreign literature specialist’ The Sunday Times

    ‘Literary cinema for those fatigued by film’ Times Literary Supplement

    One year only, non-recurring subscription.

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  • What they receive

    Three books of world-class translated literature delivered straight to your gift recipients door.

    Introducing our 2021 series: Metamorphoses.

    Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren, translated from the Swedish by John Litell 

    Sent December 2020 , published February 2021

    In these six short stories, Andrea Lundgren explores a liminal space where the town meets the wilderness and human consciousness meets something more animalistic. A train stops on the track in the middle of the night and a lone woman steps out of the open doors, following a call from deep in the forest. A father is haunted by the nocturnal visits of an elusive bird, and a young girl finds escape through the occult. From foxes to whales to angels, the creatures that roam through this collection spark a desire for something more in their human counterparts: a longing for transformation.

    Yesterday by Juan Emar, translated by Megan McDowell 

    Sent in April 2021, Published in June 2021

    Juan Emar is the pen name of Álvaro Yáñez Bianchi (1893-1964). The son of an influential politician, he lived in both Santiago and Paris, where he was involved with the Dada and Surrealist movements. Yesterday is the first of his works to be translated into English. On a day unlike any other, we follow Emar on a surrealist odyssey through the fictional city of San Agustín de Tango; encountering dog-headed monkeys, lion-eating ostriches, an artist intent on capturing every greenish hue in existence, before we are sucked into the void of a man’s belly button and almost lost for good.

    Winter Flowers by Angélique Villeneuve, translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

    Sent July 2021, published in October 2021

    On a cold October night in 1918, Toussaint Caillet returns to his family in their meagre apartment in the rundownBelleville district of Paris. His wife, Jeanne, and their young daughter Léonie have been awaiting his return; but the man who arrives at their door is unrecognisable from the one who left four years earlier. Shrouded in silence, his unfamiliar presence in their home becomes almost unbearable. After years spent focusing on survival, with the promise of peace now in sight, the family must attempt to stitch a new life from the tatters of what they had before.


  • What you support

    A Peirene subscription is unique. Not only will your recipient receive their books far before they reach bookshops but they’ll also become a part of our Peirene community, making our work possible. 

    Peirene only publishes first time English translations. With the support of our subscribers we are able to take bold risks and translate vital works that might never have reached English readers.

    In 2018 we translated from three new countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland.

    Peirene No. 25 Soviet Milk was called ‘Latvia itself talking’ by The New European.

    Peirene No. 26 Shadows on the Tundra was called ‘a classic’ by The Spectator.

    Peirene No. 27 And the Wind Sees All was called ‘a heart-warming gem’ by The Sunday Times.

    A subscription also supports:

    • Our charity work: 50p from each book we sell goes to charity. Last year we sent over £3500 pounds to counterpoint arts.
    • Our commitment to gender equality – 60% of our authors and 70% of our translators are women.
    • Our work with Basmeh & Zeitooneh in nine refugee camps throughout Lebanon and Turkey giving refugees a voice.

    Read more about our social activism here.