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    The Polish Boxer (Paperback) 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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    DescriptionThe Polish Boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins: a grandson tries to make sense of his grandfather's past and the story behind his numbered tattoo; a Serbian classical pianist longs for his forbidden heritage; a Mayan poet is torn between his studies and filial obligations; a striking young Israeli woman seeks answers in Central America; a university professor yearns for knowledge that he can't find in books and discovers something unexpected at a Mark Twain conference. Drawn to what lies beyond the range of reason, they all reach for the beautiful and fleeting, whether through humour, music, poetry, or unspoken words. Across his encounters with each of them, the narrator - a Guatemalan literature professor and writer named Eduardo Halfon - pursues his most enigmatic subject: himself. Mapping the geography of identity in a world scarred by a legacy of violence and exile, The Polish Boxer marks the debut of a major new Latin American voice in English.

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    The Polish Boxer
    Authors and contributors
    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
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 190 g
    ISBN 13: 9781908968074
    ISBN 10: 1908968079

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: SST
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    Publication date
    25 October 2012
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    Author Information
    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