The Adventures and Misadventures of the Extraordinary and Admirable Joan Orpí Conquistador and Founder of New Catalonia
Mara Faye Lethem
Publisher: Open Letter
FOR FANS OF THOMAS PYNCHON: Similar to MASON & DIXON, or John Barth's THE SOT-WEED FACTOR, this is a faux-historical novel based in real events, but spiced up with anachronistic elements and a lot humor. (Especially scatological humor.) Written in an imagined dialect reminiscent of middle English, but completely unique, this is a hysterical, historical romp.
AWARD-LEVEL TRANSLATION: A must-read for anyone who appreciates the craft of translation. Mara Faye Lethem's approach to this polyphonic, multi-layered novel is the work of a translator at the top of their game.
INTERNATIONAL PRAISE: Published by an independent Spanish house (the Catalan equivalent of Open Letter), this novel was singled out by Spanish critics as one of the best novels of 2017, and received the City of Barcelona Prize for Catalan Literature.