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A Quantum City - We follow the fictional narrative figure, Orlando, beginning in 320 BC, on his odyssey through the Western world up to the present time.

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A Quantum City, Ed. by Vera Bühlmann and Ludger Hovestadt, Birkhäuser, 2015.


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We know the specific strengths of various cities, are aware of their ranking, are able to discuss their density and growth. But what do all cities have in common, what do we know about the "lowest common denominator"?
The "city as a species," the "primal genetic material of the city" this is the subject of A Quantum City. This colossal work is a love letter to the city and intellectual culture.
We follow the fictional narrative figure, Orlando, beginning in 320 BC, on his odyssey through the Western world up to the present time. The book is divided into four interrelated chapters and can be read page by page in a discursive manner, however randomly browsing through the book also offers new and multi-faceted interpretations. Great intellectual achievements are compared with obscure and mundane events. A Quantum City offers an inspiring view of the city that …

Jóanes Nielsen - Referred to as the "Faroese Moby-Dick" for its scope, importance, and literary approach, The Brahmadells is a playful, engrossing look at life in an island nation whose rich history is relatively unknown to most English readers

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Jóanes Nielsen, The Brahmadells, Trans. by Kerri A. Pierce, Open Letter, 2017.
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"Captivating and wild. . . . There is a vast, oceanic narrative power in Jóanes Nielsen's Faroese chronicle The Brahmadells." ―Anders Juhl Rasmussen


One of the first Faroese books to be translated into English, The Brahmadells is an epic novel chronicling the lives of a partic
ular family―nicknamed "the Brahmadells"―against the larger history of the Faroe Islands, from the time of Danish rule, through its national awakening, to its independence.
Filled with colorful characters and various family intrigues, the novel incorporates a number of genres and styles as it shifts from individual stories to larger world issues. There are historical documents, including nineteenth-century medical journals, documents detailing the lives of real historical figures, digressions about religion, a measles outbreak, and many other travails, large and small.
Referred to as the "Far…

Wolfgang Hilbig - a master of using obsessive, hypnotic prose to explore the intersections of identity, consciousness, our frail bodies, and history's darkest chapters

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Wolfgang Hilbig, Old Rendering Plant,Trans. by Isabel Fargo Cole, Two Lines Press, 2017.


     What falsehoods do we believe as children? And what happens when we realize they are lies―possibly heinous ones? In Old Rendering Plant Wolfgang Hilbig turns his febrile, hypnotic prose to the intersection of identity, language, and history’s darkest chapters, immersing readers in the odors and oozings of a butchery that has for years dumped biological waste into a river. It starts when a young boy becomes obsessed with an empty and decayed coal plant, coming to believe that it is tied to mysterious disappearances throughout the countryside. But as a young man, with the building now turned into an abattoir processing dead animals, he revisits this place and his memories of it, realizing just how much he has missed. Plumbing memory’s mysteries while evoking historic horrors, Hilbig gives us a gothic testament for the silenced and the speechless. With a tone indebted to Poe and a syntax descend…