The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

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By (author) Eduardo Halfon, Translated by Ollie Brock, Translated by Thomas Bunstead, Translated by Lisa Dillman, Translated by Daniel Hahn, Translated by Anne McLean, Designed by Jason Bolonski

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  • Publisher: PUSHKIN PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 17mm | 190g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908968079
  • ISBN 13: 9781908968074
  • Sales rank: 468,928

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Eduardo Halfon's The Polish Boxer is the sparkling English debut from one of Latin America's most exciting new voices. Blurring the boundary between fiction and memoir, the tales within all reach for the beautiful and fleeting, whether through humour, music, poetry, or unspoken words. Throughout his encounters with fascinating collection of characters, the narrator - a Guatemalan literature professor and writer named Eduardo Halfon - pursues his most enigmatic subject: himself. Translated from the Spanish by Daniel Hahn, Ollie Brock, Lisa Dillman, Thomas Bunstead and Anne McLean, Eduardo Halfon's The Polish Boxer is published by Pushkin Press. Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala and now lives in Nebraska. He has published ten works of fiction in Spanish and been recognized as one of the finest Latin American writers currently working. The Polish Boxer is his first book to be published in English. He recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue working on his grandfather's story. 'The writing is tight and lean in these stories and there are exquisite moments (...) Falling somewhere between the novels of Roberto Bolano, WG Sebald and Junot Diaz, The Polish Boxer is erratic, unusual and invigorating - and a book that should deservedly usher in further translations of his work.' Stuart Evers, - Daily Telegraph 'It's the most memorable new novel I have read all year - the voice pitch-perfect, the imagery indelible. What a wonderful writer' - Norman Lebrecht 'Halfon's English language debut is a glorious new addition to those decidedly non-fiction-ish works of fiction that keep getting us all worked-up these days...the result is a brave and touching and dead stylish examination of the nature of fiction, truth and lies nowadays..' - Dazed and Confused '[Halfon] willfully and delightfully blurs the boundaries among novel, memoir and meditation...the power of The Polish Boxer is that it is always rooted in the personal. It is deeply accessible, deeply moving' - LA Times It is not often that one encounters such a mix of personal engagement and literary passion, of pain and tenderness' - Andres Neuman, author of Traveller of the Century 'We cannot resist following the author/narrator by thinking of possible ways of deceiving him in return in a fascinating thriller. This is a stimulating and inspiring read.' - Emilia Ippolito, Independent 'The Polish boxer? There may never have been one. Yet this in no way diminishes the pleasure Halfon's myriad stories afford.' -New York Times Listed Book of the Year 2012 by LA Times Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala and now lives in Nebraska. He has published ten works of fiction in Spanish and been recognized as one of the finest Latin American writers currently working. The Polish Boxer is his first book to be published in English. He recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue working on his grandfather's story.

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Eduardo Halfon has been cited as among the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogota and is the recipient of Spain's prestigious Jose Maria de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue the story of The Polish Boxer, which is his first book to be published in English. He travels frequently to his native Guatemala and lives in Nebraska.

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A key pleasure of The Polish Boxer is that of revelation... The power of The Polish Boxer is that it is always rooted in the personal. It is deeply accessible, deeply moving The Los Angeles Times These are the stories of life... the question of survival (of both people and cultures) and the way the fictional makes the real bearable and intelligible Publishers Weekly It is not often that one encounters such a mix of personal engagement and literary passion, or pain and tenderness -- Andres Neuman, author of Traveler of the Century