A morally profound chamber piece, Agustín de Rojas’ A Legend of the Future takes place inside a damaged spaceship following the failure of a mission to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. This mesmerizing novel, reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is a science fiction roman à clef about the intense pressures—economic, ideological, psychological—inside Communist Cuba.
"With a very refined style and well-established scientific-social background, Agustín’s work surprises through its humanistic content. His concerns surrounding the meaning of life and the evolution of human beings put him in a privileged place among national writers.”
Dissident Cuban writer, photographer, and pioneering blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo presents a collection of surreal, irony-laden photos and texts from his native city. In this “diary of dystopia”—an unexpected fusion of images and words—Pardo guides us through the relics and fables of an exhausted Revolution in the waning days of Castro’s Cuba.
“Some [photographs] have a sly humor, others an abstract beauty...Mr. Pardo Lazo resists any easy categorization.”
—David González, The New York Times Lens Blog
In his bestselling A Planet for Rent, Yoss critiques ‘90s Cuba by drawing parallels with a possible Earth of the the not-so-distant future. Wracked by economic and environmental problems, the desperate planet is rescued, for better or worse, by alien colonizers, who remake the planet as a tourist destination.
"José Miguel Sánchez [Yoss] is Cuba’s most decorated science fiction author, who has cultivated the most prestige for this genre in the mainstream, and the only person of all the Island’s residents who lives by his pen.”
The story of the Jodorowskys’ emigration to Chile from the Ukraine, Where the Bird Sings Best explores family legends, the turmoil of history, Jewish philosophy, political violence, mysticism, passion, lust, loss, and the joyful absurdity of everyday life. A sui generis epic, Jodorowsky’s novel expands the classic immigration story to mythic proportions.
“This epic family saga, reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Cien anos de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) in structure and breadth, reads at a breakneck pace. Though ostensibly a novelization of the author's own family history, it is a raucous carnival of the surreal, mystical, and grotesque.”
After the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947, a legendary wrestler and an aging courtesan face the catastrophe of history. Shortlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize.
"The most poignant, subtle, moving novel I have read in the past few years from this, or any, region.”
The first novel to appear in English from a contemporary Polish science fiction master, Nest of Worlds is a riveting and mind-bending tour through the nature of narrative, reality, love, and the darkest aspects of human nature.
"A masterwork not of science fiction, but of Polish fiction."
The revolutionary work from Iran's leading intellectual and firebrand—now in English for the first time. The Israeli Republic should be required reading for Israelis, Iranians, and anyone interested in the ongoing conflict between them.
"My intellectual hero."
—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot and No god but God
Born from a Siberian woman and an African athlete who came to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Mbobo navigates the complexities of being a fatherless, mixed-raced boy in the shaky terrain of the Soviet Union in the years before its collapse.
"One of the best Russian novels of the 21st century.”