Best New Fiction is a monthly segment dedicated to highlighting the most interesting and noteworthy releases that will be published over the next thirty days.
According to the Visual Guide to Translated Fiction there are 35 works being published in March that are new in translation. If you want to check out the full list go here, and then click on March. Today I’ll point out the 7 that have caught my eye and I’ll do this live (barely) from underneath 84 inches of pure white snow.
Please, allow me to be your informer. A licky boom-boom down.
Put a Little Love in Your Heart
How many times have you heard that tired old phrase about never judging a book by its cover? When it comes to Petri Tamminen’s Crime Novel, a book that features a giant fingerprint and the word “Crime” in a rather large black font on its front, no one would blame you for thinking that what you’re about to read is a classic detective story. Heck, fingerprint aside, the title alone all but implies this. Don’t get me wrong, there is a police inspector in this one, and much of the surface plot does revolve around him tracking the whereabouts of an elusive felon, but there’s much, much more at work here then simply taking a quick glance at the cover would lead you to believe. Trust me friends, this one is anything but your standard game of cat and mouse.
And the winner of the second annual Typographical Translation Award is…
In his debut novel, Josh Malerman examines an apocalyptic world in which humans are terrorized by unseen forces. These “monsters” are completely invisible to the naked eye, but if your gaze happens to fall upon one, the consequences include possession, violence, and eventually, suicide. To survive, the characters wear blindfolds to protect their vision, but the full capabilities of the unseen creatures are still a mystery, so the world of Bird Box is one of chaos, fear, paranoia, and desperation. If horror is your preferred genre, you NEED to read Bird Box.
As a debut novelist and singer/songwriter/musician for the band The High Strung, Josh Malerman has a lot of creative energy, and luckily we were able to briefly chat with him about his double career in music and literature. What follows is a conversation about creativity, fear, inspiration, and the psychological motivations behind his spectacular novel: