The Accident

12 Feb

I came upon Mihail Sebastian’s novel The Accident while browsing a shelf of Eastern European literature at Powell’s. His fiction is something I’ve wanted to read for some time, and one of his novels is finally available in English, from Biblioasis’s International Translation Series. I love how a well-curated bookstore, whether a tiny jewel box of a store or a heaping megalopolis, can bring books and readers together.  And, I love the editors’ credo on the front flap of the book: “The editors believe that translation is the lifeblood of literature, that language that is not in touch with other linguistic traditions loses its creative vitality, and that the worldwide spread of English makes literary translation more urgent now than ever before.” My short review of The Accident is online at Shenandoah.

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