Saturday, March 21, 2009

After Tranquility

The title is also pun on my own blues in light of aborted holidays. I hope to exhibit further maturity over the next week. Chad Post certainly ruffled a few feathers with his selecting Tranquility as the best translated book of 2008. Leaving any dispute behind, I will establish that I marvelled at the structure of the novel and I have never had had so many folks inquire about borrowing a book in the future. Despite its sheen, I would hesitate to term this text as "only" a novel of the Warsaw Pact, as except for lingering subplots involving exile and state sanctions, Tranquility remains a strident portrait of a family of artists and the tension within.


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