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Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

More than an offbeat and dark detective work, this latest from Man Booker Prize–winning and National Book Award finalist Tokarczuk combines ecological and social issues with disturbing images and great characterizations. Fans of this genre will likely be caught off guard when the surprise identity of the murderer is ultimately exposed, as the author lays down very few clues. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

This Is Not America: Stories

Puntí here expands his English-language repertoire with a compilation commissioned (and in some cases rewritten) between 2000 and 2016, deriving its title from a 1985 song by David Bowie and Pat Metheny. The wry humor makes it an appropriate introduction to the works of a rising Iberian writer.

Berta Isla

With his typical serpentine, digressive phraseology; reflexive posing; and intertextual incorporation of English authors (T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and, of course, William Shakespeare), Marías succeeds in creating his own fictional world, though an unexpected recognition scene is somewhat far-fetched. In all, he continues to validate his well-deserved global reputation. [See Prepub Alert, 22/18/19.]

The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, Nocilla Lab

Readers of Borges, Cortázar, or Vila-Matas, all acknowledged in the text, will embrace the unconventional narration; for others it may be an original yet challenging reading experience.

The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream; Nocilla Experience; Nocilla Lab

Readers of Borges, Cortázar or Vila-Matas, all acknowledged in the text, will embrace the unconventional narration; for others it may be an original yet challenging experience. Its publication marks the first appearance of all three volumes in English in the United States. [See Prepub Alert, 7/19/18.]

Naked Men

Though the book is fast paced, with well-developed if largely unlikable characters, the repetition, focus on the seedy underworld, and brutal ending pall, leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Bottom of the Sky

Devoted sf fans will enjoy the guessing game of trying to identify the genre's literary (Philip K. Dick) and cinematic (2001: A Space Odyssey) allusions that permeate the text, but for those unfamiliar, the idea loses impact.

Tomb Song

A sardonic and often poignant phantasmagoria composed in vibrant prose with touches of bittersweet pathos.

The Neighborhood

This new work from the Nobel Prize winner is a fast-paced and well-executed translation of his 2016 Cinco esquinas, literally Five Corners, a more accurate and certainly appropriate title since it pinpoints where the crucial actions transpire. A murder mystery with political overtones and the underlying power of the press, exquisitely wrought. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

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