Peirene title no 12

Chasing the King of Hearts

Hanna Krall


SHORT-LISTED FOR THE JEWISH QUARTERLY-WINGATE PRIZE 2015
FOUND IN TRANSLATION AWARD 2014
GUARDIAN'S BEST FICTION 2013
GUARDIAN READERS' BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2013
ENGLISH PEN BEST YULE READ 2013
WINNER ENGLISH PEN AWARD 2013

The internationally acclaimed Polish bestseller about the Holocaust. A remarkable true story of love and survival. Now for the first time in English.

The Warsaw Ghetto, 1942. When Izolda’s husband, Shayek, is imprisoned, she sets out to release him. She changes her name, her hair, her religion. Eventually she is captured and deported to Auschwitz. But even there, she trusts that her love will save them both.

'Krall has created an elegant, nuanced book about choice, consequences, identity and guilt.' Roger Boyes, The Times

'Powerful in its raw simplicity and deeply affecting in its emotional stoicism.' Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

Translated from the Polish by Philip Boehm.

Series of The Turning Point
176pp, paperback with flaps, £12.00
Published September 2013
ISBN 978-1-908670-10-6
eISBN: 978-1-908670-13-7


Peirene title no 11

Mr Darwin's Gardener

Kristina Carlson


LONG-LISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2015

OBSERVER BEST HOLIDAY READS 2013

A postmodern Victorian novel about faith, knowledge and our inner needs.

The late 1870s, the Kentish village of Downe. The villagers gather in church one rainy Sunday. Only Thomas Davies stays away. The eccentric loner, father of two and a grief-stricken widower, works as a gardener for the notorious naturalist Charles Darwin. He shuns religion. But now Thomas needs answers. What should he believe in? And why should he continue to live?

'It hard to believe this novel originated in another country. But it did, and the way Carlson shows us to ourselves should make us wonder.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

Translated from the Finnish by Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah.

Series of The Turning Point
112pp, paperback with flaps, £12.00
Published June 2013
ISBN 978-1-908670-09-0
eISBN 978-1-908670-12-0


Peirene title no 10

The Mussel Feast

Birgit Vanderbeke


SHORT-LISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2014

SCHLEGEL-TIECK PRIZE FOR GERMAN TRANSLATION 2014

FOYLES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2013

The modern German classic that has shaped an entire generation.

A mother and her two teenage children sit at the dinner table. In the middle stands a large pot of cooked mussels. Why has the father not returned home? As the evening wears on, we glimpse the issues that are tearing this family apart.

'I wrote this book in August 1989, just before the Fall of the Berlin Wall. I wanted to understand how revolutions start. It seemed logical to use the figure of a tyrannical father and turn the story into a German family saga.' Birgit Vanderbeke

'We are playing catch-up here with something of a contemporary European classic.' David Mills, Sunday Times

'The message in this amusing, crafty volume of literary agitprop is change! Rise up! Rebel! Oh yes, and avoid slimy mussels.' Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch.

Series of The Turning Point
112pp, paperback with flaps, £10.00
Published February 2013
ISBN 978-1-908670-08-3
eISBN 978-1-908670-11-3