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Introducing Roque Larraquy’s ‘Comemadre’

Introducing Roque Larraquy’s ‘Comemadre’

For September’s Babbel Book Club selection, we enter a fictional world of horror, humor and art told in two parts by an Argentine writer and professor.
Introducing ‘The Book Of Emma Reyes’

Introducing ‘The Book Of Emma Reyes’

August’s Babbel Book Club pick is the memoir of a Colombian painter who escaped an impoverished childhood and found success.
Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

For July’s Babbel Book Club pick, we’re jumping to nonfiction. This month’s book looks at the human stories behind one of the strangest sporting events in history: Adolf Hitler’s Olympic Games.
Introducing László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’

Introducing László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’

The World Goes On is a far cry from most modern Western novels and provides a worldview that is very different from the ordinary. This makes it a perfect first pick for our Babbel Book Club.
Living Between Countries And Languages: Book Review Of Elaine Castillo’s ‘America Is Not The Heart’

Living Between Countries And Languages: Book Review Of Elaine Castillo’s ‘America Is Not The Heart’

Elaine Castillo’s debut novel is a touching story about a Filipino-American family, and it doesn’t shy away from using the character’s native languages.
A Tabloid Novel For A Tabloid World: Book Review Of Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘The Neighborhood’

A Tabloid Novel For A Tabloid World: Book Review Of Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘The Neighborhood’

Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian author, writes a juicy pulp fiction.
When Words Are Not Enough: Book Review of Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s ‘Empty Set’

When Words Are Not Enough: Book Review of Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s ‘Empty Set’

Gerber Bicecci’s debut novel combines words and drawings to tell a story of love, loss and loneliness.
The Reluctant Mountain Man: Book Review of Yeon-sik Hong’s ‘Uncomfortably Happily’

The Reluctant Mountain Man: Book Review of Yeon-sik Hong’s ‘Uncomfortably Happily’

Living on a mountain can lead to some harsh confrontations with yourself.
What’s Lost In Translation: Book Review Of ‘Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries’

What’s Lost In Translation: Book Review Of ‘Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries’

An anthology of poems and essays looks at what it means to be reading something in translation.
A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

Yoko Tawada’s most recent book that was translated into English is about three generations of polar bears who struggle with language barriers and fitting in.
A Language of One’s Own: Book Review Of Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘In Other Words’

A Language of One’s Own: Book Review Of Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘In Other Words’

Acclaimed English-language novelist Jhumpa Lahiri now writes entirely in Italian, and her new book is a passionate defense of her decision.