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    Monastery (Paperback) By (author) Eduardo Halfon, Translated by Lecturer in Spanish Lisa Dillman, Translated by Daniel Hahn

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    Description"Eduardo Halfon is a brilliant storyteller." --DANIEL ALARCON, author of "At Night We Walk in Circles" In "Monastery," the nomadic narrator of Eduardo Halfon's critically-acclaimed "The Polish Boxer" returns to travel from Guatemalan cities, villages, coffee plantations, and border towns to a private jazz concert in New York's Harlem, a former German U-Boat base on the French Breton coast, and Israel, where he escapes from his sister's Orthodox Jewish wedding into an erotic adventure with the enigmatic Tamara. His passing encounters are unforgettable; his relationships, problematic. At once a world citizen and a writer who mistrusts the power of language, he is pursued by history's ghosts and unanswerable questions. He is a cartographer of identity on a compelling journey to an uncertain destination. As he draws and redraws his boundaries, he confronts us with the limitations of our own. Eduardo Halfon was named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogota and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Jose Maria de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. "The Polish Boxer," his first book to appear in English, was a "New York Times" Editors' Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon currently lives in Nebraska and frequently travels to Guatemala.


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    Title
    Monastery
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eduardo Halfon, Translated by Lecturer in Spanish Lisa Dillman, Translated by Daniel Hahn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Weight: 156 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781934137826
    ISBN 10: 1934137820
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC051000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 86
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    DC22: 863/.7
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 85
    BISAC V2.8: FIC046000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC056000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PQ7499.3.H35 M6613 2014
    Thema V1.0: FB, FW
    Edition statement
    Translation
    Publisher
    Bellevue Literary Press
    Imprint name
    Bellevue Literary Press
    Publication date
    30 October 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City, moved to the United States at the age of ten, went to school in South Florida, studied Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach literature for eight years at Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogota, he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Jose Maria de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. He has published eleven previous books of fiction in Spanish. "The Polish Boxer," his first book to appear in English, was a "New York Times" Editors' Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon currently lives in Nebraska and frequently travels to Guatemala. In consultation with the author, "Monastery" was translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman and Daniel Hahn.
    Review quote
    Halfon gives voice to a lesser-known sector of the Jewish diaspora, reminding us in the process of the ways in which identity is both fluid and immutable. Publishers Weekly In this enigmatic follow-up to Halfon s lovely The Polish Boxer, readers follow the same narrator as he journeys around Central America, Europe, and Israel. . . . As if slowly filling in negative space, Halfon gradually gives shape to the uneasy relationship he has with his own allegiances and heritage as well as the outsider position he occupies wherever he goes, even within his own country. A subtle work that defies easy categorization in the best way. Booklist "