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Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

Those Who Knew

Those Who Knew by Idra Novey
Nov 06, 2018 | 256 Pages
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Praise for Those Who Knew

“There’s an urgent timeliness to this story of the crimes committed by a powerful man, but Idra Novey’s riveting, formally brilliant novel transcends any particular moment. Those Who Knew is a devastating inquiry into the way lofty ideals can serve as cover for brutal impulses, the way struggles for control of the body politic wreak havoc on actual bodies. Most of all, it’s an indictment, at once fierce and compassionate, of the collective silence that implicates us all in irrevocable wrongs.”
—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
“Genius. That’s what I kept thinking as I read this novel that somehow combines an invented island, a political bookstore, fragments of a stage production, and a story that’s at once a damning critique of craven self-interest and a tale about our inescapable connectedness. Idra Novey has written an irreverent, magical, perfect puzzle of a book.”
—Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans
Those Who Knew is a beautiful novel about that which we cannot deny, in ourselves or others, and the price we are too often willing to pay for what we think is like freedom.”
—Alexander Chee, author of Queen of the Night

Praise for Ways to Disappear

“This lush and tightly woven novel manages to be a meditation on all forms of translation while still charging forward with the momentum of a bullet.”
Catherine Lacey, New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
Novey’s novel delivers on its promises in so many ways. Yes, there’s carnage, but there’s also exuberant love, revelations of long-buried, unhappy secrets, ruminations about what makes a satisfying life . . . this book is seared to perfection.”
Heller McAlpin, NPR
“Exhilarating . . . Sly, lovely writing . . . In Raquel, Beatriz’s hard-bitten daughter, [Novey] has created a heart-rending portrait of the price someone always ends up paying for genius. A writer to watch.”
Charles Finch, USA Today
“Sensual and fast-paced, suspenseful and subtle, full of observations about Brazilian life and North American double standards . . . Ways to Disappear is the product of that old advice: write the book you want to read—and Novey wrote this one, with a fellow translator as the lead.”
—Marta Bausells, The Guardian
“It’s impossible to put this book down, or to shake its residue once you’ve finished it.”
—Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering
Idra Novey is an enchantress. Her sentences are so surprising and beautiful, her vision of the world so kaleidoscopic, that I fell immediately and permanently under the spell of this glorious novel.”
Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia
“With all its shimmering brilliance and insight, vividly drawn, beguiling characters, a knowing, unexoticized Brazil, and unabashed story-telling, Ways to Disappear is the most sublime novel I’ve read in a long time.”
—Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name

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