Monastery (Paperback)

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By Eduardo Halfon, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
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A beautiful follow up to The Polish Boxer. The personal is political for Halfon, and his reflections on family, memory, and religion makes this book a truly powerful short read. It’s that rare kind of novel that’s smart but entertaining enough to read in one sitting. Which is what I did, kind of by accident. Couldn’t put it down!

— Nick

This is a beautiful follow-up to Halfon’s first novel, The Polish Boxer. The personal is political for Halfon, and his reflections on family, memory, and religion makes this book a truly powerful short read. It is that rare kind of novel that is smart but entertaining enough to read in a single sitting -- which is what I did, kind of by accident. Couldn’t put it down! ~Nick

— From Monastery

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Best Translated Book Award Longlist
Reader's Digest Great New Book
World Literature Today Holiday Gift Guide Recommendation

"Offer s] surprise and revelation at every turn." --Reader's Digest

"Eduardo Halfon is a brilliant storyteller." --DANIEL ALARCON, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

In Monastery, the nomadic narrator of Eduardo Halfon's critically-acclaimed The Polish Boxer returns to travel from Guatemalan cities, villages, coffee plantations, and border towns to a private jazz concert in New York's Harlem, a former German U-Boat base on the French Breton coast, and Israel, where he escapes from his sister's Orthodox Jewish wedding into an erotic adventure with the enigmatic Tamara. His passing encounters are unforgettable; his relationships, problematic. At once a world citizen and a writer who mistrusts the power of language, he is pursued by history's ghosts and unanswerable questions. He is a cartographer of identity on a compelling journey to an uncertain destination. As he draws and redraws his boundaries, he confronts us with the limitations of our own.

Eduardo Halfon was named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogota and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Jose Maria de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. The Polish Boxer, his first book to appear in English, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon is currently the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College in New York and travels frequently between his homes in Nebraska and Guatemala.

About the Author


Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City, moved to the United States at the age of ten, went to school in South Florida, studied Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach literature for eight years at Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogota, he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Jose Maria de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. He has published eleven previous books of fiction in Spanish. The Polish Boxer, his first book to appear in English, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon is currently the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College in New York and travels frequently between his homes in Nebraska and Guatemala.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781934137826
ISBN-10: 1934137820
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 158
Language: English
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