In 1970s USSR, Arkady Polishchuk tries to emigrate. He’s a Russian Jew and journalist with critical “State secrets” – identities of KGB officers influencing foreign affairs through a state-run magazine. In his passage to dissent, he covers an anti-Semitic show trial, writes samizdat publications, is arrested, imprisoned and severely beaten, collaborates with refuseniks and smuggles eyewitness testimony of persecuted Christians to the West. In exile, Polishchuk is a spokesperson for human rights causes with “Door of Hope” and for Amnesty International. With sardonic prose and captivating detail, he captures an extraordinary moment in time with a cast of political figures that would later become part of contemporary Russia, as well as the risks taken and prices paid for freedom.
Winner of the Fintro Prize for Literature
In this novel, Malva, Pablo Neruda’s abandoned daughter, quests to meet her father in the afterlife. Alongside other forgotten children of famous historical figures, she tries to reconcile Neruda’s socialist beliefs with her dispossession, witnessing the Chilean coup, Neruda’s death, his experiences in the Spanish Civil War and colonial Java. Awarded the 2016 Fintro Literature Prize, Malva is deeply researched, witty and poetic. A masterwork of magical-realism and profound wisdom.
“An incandescent and evocative debut.” – Trouw
“Cleverly unravels the myth surrounding Neruda without knocking him off his pedestal, written in sparkling language.” – JAN
A young Palestinian peace-prize winner and journalist reflects on how she developed her political and secular beliefs. An outspoken advocate for democratic reform in Gaza, Asmaa al-Ghoul uses social networking as a tool for social justice and radical organizing, and calls for the liberalization of Gaza through writing, education and culture. Having grown up in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, Asmaa paints the sensory portrait of the native country she passionately loves, which over years has become a cauldron of wars and fundamentalism. Written during the Gazan “Arab Spring” and 2014 Israeli siege of Gaza with Franco-Lebanese novelist Selim Nassib.
Gaza has always been rebellious . . . stubborn, addictive. I’m her daughter, and I look like her.
With critical success over the past four years, artist Deborah Sengl (b. 1974, Vienna) has exhibited taxidermied rats, drawings and paintings in order to restage Karl Kraus’ nearly-unperformable play The Last Days of Mankind (Die Letzten Tage der Menschheit, 1915–22). Featuring Sengl’s entire installation, the DoppelHouse Press edition also includes essays that examine her ambitious dramaturgy, which condenses Kraus’ ten-to-fifteen hour drama into an abridged reading of its themes: human barbarism, the role of journalism in war, the sway of popular opinion and the absurdities of nationalism. Published in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of the Armistice which ended The Great War but bred another soon to come, this edition of The Last Days of Mankind offers an agit-prop protest crossing the boundaries of art and spanning the knowledge of the century that has passed since Kraus penned his play.
Prokop’s meticulously researched history restores Jacques and Jacqueline Groag to their rightful places in the pantheon of Viennese Modernists. The couple studied and worked within a circle of notables including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Adolf Loos, Paul Engelmann, Josef Hoffmann and Franz Čižek. Beginning with the Groags’ early collaborations in the 1930’s to their lives as Jewish émigrés after the Anschluss, Prokop explores the couple’s unique aesthetic contributions in pre-Reich Vienna and Czechoslovakia as well as later in Britain for postwar exhibitions, monuments, furniture and textile design.
Ivo de Figueiredo’s lyrical and imagistic prose navigates a difficult search for family origins and his estranged father in a remarkable, sensitive book. Figueiredo traces his father’s Goan, Brahmin family in the diaspora and shows us that the hybrid cultures and tragedies specific to inter-ethnic and multi-racial families bear latent gifts for literature and culture when treated with openness, bravery and the curiosity of a scholar. Figueiredo is the critically-acclaimed biographer of Norway’s treasured cultural icon, Henrik Ibsen (forthcoming in English with Yale University Press, 2019), and his next book is the official biography of Edvard Munch, commissioned by the Munch Foundation. In 2002, He was awarded the Brage Prize for a biography of Johan Bernhard Hjort, and A Stranger at My Table received one of the highest non-fiction honors in Norway, the 2016 Language Prize.
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