Terrestrial Intelligence by Barbara Epler
International Fiction Now from New Directions

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New Directions, the discoverer of the greatest of the great contemporary world writers—such as W. G. Sebald and Roberto Bolaño, Inger Christensen and Bei Dao, Victor Pelevin and Javier Marías—now puts them on display in a showcase anthology.

Terrestrial Intelligence gathers the best new ground-breaking fiction from around the world, from W. G. Sebald ("one of the most gripping writers imaginable," The New York Review of Books) and Roberto Bolaño ("his generation's premier Latin-American writer, [his] reputation and legend are in meteoric ascent," The New York Times) to the Russian enfant terrible Victor Pelevin and the astonishing Yoko Tawada. Not to be missed are the pleasures of Antonio Tabucchi ("the most original voice in the new generation of Italian writers," The Harvard Book Review), Javier Marías ("Spain's best bait for the Nobel Prize," The New York Sun) and Yoel Hoffmann ("Israel's avant-garde genius," Forward). These are just a few of the two dozen fascinating new writers brought to you in wonderful translations, all on one plate, in Terrestrial Intelligence.

Take a trip around the world—Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, and Spain—and sample the intelligence: we guarantee you will never look at these countries the same way again.

New Directions—"long struggling and long astonishing," as Richard Eder put it in The New York Times—is always busy presenting what people in other countries are reading: these are riches which resonate in Terrestrial Intelligence from story to story, like art hanging in an international biennale. These two showcase anthologies are convenient samplers, designed to push the wealth of the New Directions' list as a whole into a more public view. "It would be nice to think," as James Laughlin, founder of New Directions wrote to Ernest Hemingway in 1950, "that virtue met its reward without exterior pushes, but it just ain't so."

About Barbara Epler

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Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1960, Barbara Epler joined New Directions after graduating from Harvard, and is now the editor-in-chief and vice president. She lives in New York City.
Published April 27, 2006 by New Directions. 406 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are, however, a few gems: despite being an excerpt from Summer in Baden-Baden, Leonid Tsypkin's portrayal of Anna Grigor'yevna and Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky's travels is as delightful to read as if it were taken from Dostoyevsky's own diary.

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