Peirene title no 9

Sea of Ink

Richard Weihe


RUNNER-UP FOR SCHLEGEL-TIECK PRIZE 2013 FOR BEST ENGLISH TRANSLATION FROM GERMAN

FOYLES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012

A beautiful novella in 50 short chapters and 10 pictures about the life of Bada Shanren, the most influential Chinese painter of all times.

In 1626, Bada Shanren is born into the Chinese royal family. When the old Ming dynasty crumbles, he becomes an artist, committed to capturing the essence of nature with a single brushstroke. Then the rulers of the new Qing dynasty discover his identity and Bada must feign madness to escape.

'Delicate and moving.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'Intriguing, elegant, awesome in its precision and uplifting in its sheer beauty.' Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

Translated from the Swiss German by Jamie Bulloch.

Series of The Small Epic
112pp, paperback with flaps, £10.00
Published September 2012
ISBN 978-0-9562840-8-2
eISBN 978-1-908670-06-9


Peirene title no 8

The Murder of Halland

Pia Juul


LONG-LISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2014

LONG-LISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2013

Denmark’s foremost literary author turns crime fiction on its head.

Bess and Halland live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. When Halland is found murdered in the main square the police encounter only riddles. For Bess bereavement marks the start of a journey that leads her to a reassessment of first friends then family.

'There is more than a touch of Sarah Lund about Bess. She is attractive but abrupt to the point of rudeness.' Kirsty Lang, Front Row, BBC Radio 4

'Anything but a standard crime novel. The mystery at its heart is the mystery we are to each other; it is written in succinct, sometimes surreal prose.' Economist

Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken.

Series of The Small Epic
189pp, paperback with flaps, £10.00
Published June 2012
ISBN 978-0-9562840-7-5
eISBN 978-1-908670-05-2


Peirene title no 7

The Brothers

Asko Sahlberg


LONG-LISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2014

A Shakespearean drama from icy Finland.

Finland, 1809. Henrik and Erik are brothers who fought on opposite sides in the war between Sweden and Russia. With peace declared, they both return to their snowed-in farm. But who is the master? Sexual tensions, old grudges, family secrets: all come to a head in this dark and gripping saga.


'Intensely visual ... a brooding, atmospheric, Scandinavian late night movie." Independent on Sunday

'Intense hatreds trickle through this short novel like meltwater.' Observer

Translated from the Finnish by Fleur Jeremiah and Emily Jeremiah.

Series of The Small Epic
112pp, paperback with flaps, £12.00
Published February 2012
ISBN 978-0-9562840-6-8
eISBN 978-1-908670-04-5