Frayed Edge Press is pleased to announce the publication of Songs for the Gusle, the first-ever complete translation of Prosper Mérimée’s 19th-century French literary hoax. The widely-praised translation by Indiana-based translator Laura Nagle makes this exciting early example of “fakelore” available to English-language readers for the first time.
The volume also includes Mérimée’s preface to the 1840 edition of the work, in which he confesses to the deception, as well as a translator’s note by Laura Nagle in which she discusses the background of the work and some of the challenges of translating it.
More information and buying options are available on the book webpage.
We love to share great books from other languages with our English-language audience! Check out the following translations from Frayed Edge Press!
Ere the Cock Crows by Jens Bjørneboe, translated by Esther Greenleaf Mürer. A chilling novel follows the ethical quandaries--or not--of Germans involved in Nazi concentration camps and human medical experiments in World War II.
Yearning for the Sea by Esther Seligson, translated by Selma Marks. This feminist retelling of Homer’s Odyssey centers Penelope and her feelings of loss and desire, in lush poetic language.
Winter in Bellapalma by Jens Bjørneboe, translated by Esther Greenleaf Mürer. This comic novel follows the exploits of a community of expatriates living off-season in a small Italian fishing village.
And, as a bonus -- see the Full Fare novelette in our Street Smart Series (#1) -- the first-ever translation into English of a work by the renowned French author, Jean Bernard Pouy. Some call his work untranslatable, but our team of three translators managed to crack the code!
First English-Language Editions of Two Novels from Norwegian Author Jens Bjørneboe Now Available
Pre-Publication 20% Off Sale Pricing Now Available for Two New Novels from Norwegian Author Jens Bjørneboe
Coming in 2021! First English-language translations of two works by renown Norwegian author, Jens Bjørneboe and translated by Esther Greenleaf Mürer. More more information, see: https://www.frayededgepress.com/bjorneboe.html
Happy New Year from Frayed Edge Press!
What we're looking forward to in 2020: poetry from Daniel Hales, short stories from James McAdams, new translations of two works by Jens Bjørneboe, and more!
See all the details via links here: https://www.frayededgepress.com/books-overview.html
We're pleased to announce the publication of the first three titles in the Street Smart Series of Short Fiction for People on the Go! This series features short fiction of “novelette” length (between 10,000 to 20,000 words – a work that is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novella). Presented in a handy 5-by-7-inch format, these works are long enough to tell a good story, but brief enough to be read on a short train journey or long commute. They feature contemporary urban settings, well-drawn characters, and engaging plots.
Street Smart Series #1 is Jean-Bernard Pouy's Full Fare -- a translation of his Plein Tarif, originally published in France in the 1990s. The series of short fictions made available to read in train stations in France provided the inspiration for this series from Frayed Edge Press. Pouy is a well-known author of a popular detective series in France; this is the first English translation of his work. In Full Fare, government officials create a novel plan to prevent deaths of the homeless: house them in disused train cars on the outskirts of the city. This unintentionally creates a social and political experiment that leads to a new form of society—and causes the police and authorities to clash with the homeless train dwellers and the anarchists who’ve come to support them.
In Street Smart Series #2, Down and Out in Paris, with Cat, by R. A. Bolo, an American ex-patriot leads a life that many would envy: living and working in Paris. But all is not well for him in the beautiful “city of lights”—his French girlfriend has left him, he’s fallen off the wagon after decades of sobriety, and a homeless cat is now tugging at his heartstrings.
Street Smart Series #3 is The Accidental Anarchist by A. R. Melnik. Middle-aged English professor Caroline Wilson has a good job and a good husband in Philadelphia, but a restless need for a change of scene and a little excitement has her impulsively boarding a commuter bus to New York one morning. A turn down a New York City alley unexpectedly plunges her into a world she never could have imagined, where young anarchists are battling against human traffickers—and they need Caroline’s help.
Look for more titles in the Street Smart Series coming soon! Learn more about number one through 3, and get a special deal when you buy all three! https://www.frayededgepress.com/street-smart-series.html
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