The Task of This Translator

by Todd Hasak-Lowy

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156031127
  • ISBN-10: 0156031124
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 06/01/2005
  • Carton Quantity: 44
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  • About the Book

    Stylistically daring, morally perplexing, and outrageously funny, Todd Hasak-Lowy's The Task of This Translator marks the debut of a writer of extraordinary talent. In these seven stories, Hasak-Lowy captures the absurdity that often arises when very personal crises intersect with global issues such as ethnic violence, obesity, and the media.

    A journalist sets out to write an investigative piece on a dieting company that uses bodyguards to protect overeaters from themselves but loses his bearings when he becomes a client and is paired up with a bodyguard of his own. In the coffee shop of Israel's Holocaust memorial museum, a stale pastry triggers a brawl between an American tourist and the Israeli cashier. A man misplaces his wallet shortly before a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. An unwilling and mostly unqualified slacker finds himself cast into the role of translator for the bitter reunion of a family torn apart years earlier by unspecified brutality.

    A standout story collection, The Task of This Translator is funny, intricate, and deeply human.

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    ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR

    "These are inventive, delightful stories by a startling new talent, easy in their modernity, classic in their authoritative tone, and secretly fitted with deep structures of irony and pity."

    -MICHAEL CHABON , author of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY

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