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How We Are Translated - Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

How We Are Translated - Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

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Title: How We Are Translated

Author:  Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

ISBN:  9781913348069

Weight:  677 g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing



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How We Are Translated by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

People say ‘I’m sorry’ all the time when it can mean
both ‘I’m sorry I hurt you’ and ‘I’m sorry someone else did
something I have nothing to do with’.  It’s like the English
language gave up on trying to find a word for sympathy
which wasn’t also the word for guilt.

Swedish immigrant Kristin won’t talk about the Project growing
inside her.  Her Brazilian-born Scottish boyfriend Ciaran won’t speak
English at all; he is trying to immerse himself in a Swedish
språkbad   language bath,
to prepare for their future, whatever the fick that means.
Their Edinburgh flat is starting to feel very small.

As this young couple is forced to confront the thing that they
are both avoiding, they must reckon with the bigger questions
of the world outside, and their places in it.

Peer & Press Reviews

Jessica Gaitán Johannesson has a very fresh voice that packs everything with so much new meaning that you won’t think about language or communication the same way again…  I’ve never read anything quite like How We Are Translated before, but I very much hope that Gaitán Johannesson will follow her debut with more of the same.

Shiny New Books

With echoes of Ali Smith and George Saunders, How We Are Translated explores themes of identity and intimacy with admirable sensitivity and wit.

Julianne Pachico, author of The Anthill

How We Are Translated is the most contemporary of novels; set somehow both in the now and in the distant past; in one city that could be many cities, and in two different languages, though also in defiance of language, with as much focus on the silences between words as the words themselves.  It’s a novel that maintains just the right balance of oddity, intimacy and illumination.  It’s a novel that anyone interested in the future of the English novel needs to read!

Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Bibliographic Info

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Title How We Are Translated
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

Scribe Publications issued this signed and numbered edition of 1,000 copies.

Each book has a signature page (tipped-in before the half title page) that also shows the book’s handwritten number.  Printed on this page is the author’s name and the book’s title.

Available numbers Allocated on a low to high, first come, first served basis.
Overall condition Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the signature / number page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Desmond Elliott Prize 2021 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Scribe Publications
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781913348069
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages 229
Size (h x w x d) 224 x 135 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Nicholas Herrmann
Cover design Allison Colpoys
Jacket images - front Rowena Naylor (thistle)
Suteishi (Viking ship)
Maksim-Manekin (mouse)
Jacket image - spine Bonninstudio

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