Forthcoming: Hear Us Fade by David Hogan
Latest releases: A Man Made Long Ago by Richard Kalich, A Man Divided by Robert Kalich, Soul Catcher by Dimitri Bortnikov, Marshmallows by Colin O’Sullivan
Translated from the French by Svetlana Pironko, in collaboration with Dimitri Bortnikov
The first English translation of the Russian-born French writer Dimitri Bortnikov, finalist of the Russian Booker Prize and the National Bestseller Award for his first novel, The Fritz Syndrom, and winner of the French award Best novel of the Year 2017 (Lire Magazine) for his latest book, Face au Styx.
Soul Catcher (original title: Repas de morts ) is the first novel written by Bortnikov in French and published by Editions Allia in 2011, to overwhelming critical acclaim.
“This strange novel – partly autobiographical – is built as a succession of reminiscences and dreamlike images of the steppe, the tundra and Paris. But no matter what the story is – what matters here is the power of his writing, harsh and infused with venomous poetry.” —Baptiste Léger, L’Express
Suburban London. It’s Christmas Eve, and semi-retired affluent actor Charles Cunningham waits for his son and his son’s boyfriend to arrive. He gazes at his ornate tree, wondering why it looks perilously close to toppling over… just like the tumultuous night that lies ahead of him.
Ben Morrigan – the guest, the boyfriend – is making Christmas crackers. When they get pulled apart, what kind of truth is going to come spilling out?
Ghosts of Christmases past are on their way for both the hunter and the hunted in this terse literary thriller, and no one is going to get out unscathed this holiday season. Readers will have to figure out – just like thespian Charles – whether the play they find themselves in is a revenge tragedy, a macabre comedy, or a morality tale. Whatever it is, it is about to have its curtain raised…
Each new novel from Richard Kalich is at once a natural progression and a surprise. Sharp, observant, erudite, attuned to our times, he is a writer who endlessly innovates. This time, he offers his readers an “instanovel” and captures the best of the Instagram concept – the poetry of communication through images.
“As the years progressed, my use of words became less rather than more. Instead of obsessive modernist detail and the omniscient narrator, I turned to metafiction. I honed in on clarity, economy, precision, and accountability to not only myself, the writer, but first and foremost to the reader. My mantra became writing is dialogue, not monologue; communal sharing, not self-referential isolationism.” —Richard Kalich, from an interview in Rain Taxi Review
Bob Singer steps up to his Smith-Corona. When he writes it as if he’s finding spiritual peace, birthing a nervous system that’s stopped shivering, trembling, disconnecting. Do not get him wrong – for his 83 years he is thankful. One day, this virus will be silenced, we will no longer cry out: Social distancing! Masks! Gloves! Wash your hands! Sob for those people we have lost! We will return to almost-normal. He would have to be slow-witted to think life will ever return to normal. Not in his lifetime, at least. Now his mind panics and he worries: will his beloved wife make it? Will his college-age son? Will his twin brother? Will all of them disappear?
And then there’s the matter of the Duck…
It’s 2029. California is ravaged by fires, droughts, floods, political paralysis, civil unrest. Two anti-capital punishment activists, Rex Nightly and Urban McChen, have kidnapped the Governor of California in order to gently torture him into issuing a stay of execution for the alleged serial killer and cannibal, Billy the Goat (a gentle soul and a vegeterian). But the Governor accidentally dies, and his body has to be hidden in the closet of Rex’s penthouse. Meanwhile, Rex’s wife, Lieutenant Governor Sofina Nightly, hatches an ambitious plan to reestablish order and save the state, blissfully unaware that the governor lies dead in her closet…
Set against a backdrop of climate catastrophe and technological evolution, Hear Us Fade is a moving and thought-provoking black comedy that presents a haunting view of the future.
Is a happy ending possible for them and for us?
Coming out in May 2021