Sunday, March 14, 2004

Talking about small presses, I've been browsing through the list of The New Press, which was established in the early 1990s as an alternative to mainstream publishing. Making Love: A Novel by Jean-Phillipe Toussaint, a bestseller in France, is now available in an English translation. This is Toussaint's fifth novel and is a chronicle of the messy end of a seven-year affair, transpiring during the couple's trip to Tokyo. It's so hard to find reviews of small press fiction, but the Review of Contemporary Fiction at the Center for Book Culture has one. I'm excited to discover this journal because I'm always looking for new fiction in translation and it's reviewed here. Sometimes the titles are out there, sitting in the library or the bookstore, but considering small-press titles' lack of media reviews, they're so hard to locate.


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