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The Task of This Translator
The Task of This Translator
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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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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780156031127
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publisher Imprint: Mariner Books
  • Depth: 13
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 17 mm
  • Weight: 254 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0156031124
  • Publisher Date: 01 Jun 2005
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 206 mm
  • No of Pages: 252
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Stories
  • Width: 160 mm


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