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YESTERDAY by Juan Emar, translated by Megan McDowell
Out to subscribers from April 2021, Published in June 2021
In San Agustín de Tango, you can never be sure what’s waiting around the corner. Over the course of a single day – the day before today – the hero of this novel and his adored wife embark on a journey through the absurd and the surreal, encountering a choir of monkeys and a carnivorous ostrich, travelling from the studio of an artist obsessed with the colour green to the waistcoat pocket of a pot-bellied man. All the while, the tolling of the bell in the city square pushes their whirlwind adventure towards its fateful conclusion.
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.
WINTER FLOWERS by Angélique Villeneuve, translated from the French by Adriana Hunter
Out to subscribers from July 2021, published in October 2021
It’s October 1918 and the war is drawing to a close. Toussaint Caillet returns home to his wife, Jeanne, and the young daughter he hasn’t seen growing up. He is not coming back from the front line but from the department for facial injuries at Val-de-Grâce military hospital, where he has spent the last two years. For Jeanne, who has struggled to endure his absence and the hardships of war, her husband’s return marks the beginning of a new battle. With the promise of peace now in sight, the family must try to stitch together a new life from the tatters of what they had before.
Angélique Villeneuve is the author of eight novels and numerous children’s books. Les Fleurs d’hiver, which was published by Editions Phébus in 2014, won four literary prizes: the 2014 Prix Millepages, the 2015 Prix La Passerelle and Prix de la Ville de Rambouillet and the 2016 Prix du Livre de Caractère de Quintin.
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