Books by Daniel Hahn

RESISTANCE by Julián Fuks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"Though the novel operates at a curiously low boil considering the turmoil at its center, Fuks impressively inhabits the near despair that comes with the fragmentation of family and country."
A somber contemplation of brotherhood in the context of Argentina's Dirty War of the 1970s. Read full book review >
CHARCOAL BOYS by Roger Mello
by Roger Mello, illustrated by Roger Mello, translated by Daniel Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"An ambiguous ending makes this book truly haunting—and vital. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The lives of a hornet and a boy unexpectedly intertwine in this vividly illustrated, unusual glimpse of child labor at a coal yard. Read full book review >
ALONG THE TAPAJÓS by Fernando Vilela
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"A riveting journey. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brother and sister risk the dangers of a flood and animals to rescue their pet tortoise. Read full book review >
FROM THE SHADOWS by Juan José Millás
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2019

"A Kafkaesque story about transformation and our collective human desire to connect with one another."
A nicotine- and porn-addicted Spanish misanthrope secretly lives in the closet of a family of strangers. Read full book review >
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GRANNIES by Eric Veillé
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2019

"An offbeat look at modern-day grannies that is bound to elicit a chuckle or two. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An encyclopedic, humorous study of grannies, expressed through a series of questions that most readers would have never even thought of posing. Read full book review >
HELLO MISTER COLD by Carles Porta
by Carles Porta, illustrated by Carles Porta, translated by Daniel Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The second book in the Tales from the Hidden Valley picture-book series, translated from Spanish, sets the storybook tone by repeating its predecessor's lead-in paragraph, then moves into its winter-setting story. Read full book review >
THE ARTISTS by Carles Porta
by Carles Porta, illustrated by Carles Porta, translated by Daniel Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Original, whimsical illustrations match a buoyant text to create good fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Fantastical characters have an autumn adventure in this picture book, translated from Spanish and the first book in the Tales from the Hidden Valley series. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE VILLAINS by Clotilde Perrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Splendid introductions, chock-full of villainous revelations and insights both figurative and literal. (Novelty/folklore. 6-10)"
The title can be taken literally, as the figures of a wolf, a giant, and a witch posing on the right sides of each big spread are kitted out with artful multilayered flaps that, lifted up, reveal contents of heads and stomachs as well as underclothes and pockets full of knives, captive children, or other treasures. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF GIANTS by Gabi Martínez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

" In this self-described 'non-fiction novel,' Martínez weaves an interesting tale, but he takes too many creative risks to satisfy all but the most fervent fans of Middle Eastern and/or Asian culture.
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A story about a yeti-seeking adventurer in the Hindu Kush becomes much more. Read full book review >
MOURNING by Eduardo Halfon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his grandfathers, who outlived the horrors of the Holocaust but not its searing emotional aftereffects."
In his latest autobiographical novel to be translated into English, Guatemalan native Halfon's same-named alter ego continues his far-flung travels to probe hidden family truths dating back to Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >
WOLFY by Grégoire  Solotareff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"With intriguing but somewhat clunky text and strong illustrations, this story could easily captivate some young readers, to the bemusement of their adult counterparts. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A wolf and a rabbit stumble their way through friendship in the English translation of a French story. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN by Sarah V.
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances. (Picture book. 5-6)"
Everyone is waking up to start the day. The children get ready for school. The old man must wake up, too. He's sleeping rough on the streets and must leave before he's shooed away. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T BE TOO CAREFUL! by Roger Mello
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Complex and provocative, this Brazilian import will intrigue readers who like puzzles and frustrate those who don't. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Like the handle on a windup toy that moves clockwise until it stops and spins in reverse, the 2014 Hans Christian Anderson Award winner manipulates a chain of actions and consequences—and then imagines the momentum flowing backward with entirely different outcomes. Read full book review >
MY PICTURES AFTER THE STORM by Éric Veillé
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Droll, imagination-stretching ways to get from here to there, from this to that, from now to later. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A whimsical series of before-and-after images, from the author of The Bureau of Misplaced Dads (illustrated by Pauline Martin, 2015). Read full book review >
DON'T CROSS THE LINE! by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The takeaway is an important one: peaceful questioning of authority can lead to quiet revolution. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An armed guard stands in the gutter of the book, refusing passage to the other side no matter how much the growing crowd pleads. Read full book review >
THE HEAD OF THE SAINT by Socorro Acioli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"Intriguing and occasionally arresting but ultimately unsatisfying. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
A bitter skeptic sets out to kill his father but ends up a saint's reluctant agent in this whimsical Brazilian import. Read full book review >
A GENERAL THEORY OF OBLIVION by José Eduardo  Agualusa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Too many mysteries pile up to sustain suspense, but the novel is redeemed by its bright shimmer of magic realism."
The Angolan writer's fifth novel to receive an English translation, a look at the upheaval caused by the Angolan civil war, places a recluse at its heart. Read full book review >
NOWHERE PEOPLE by Paulo Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"By the time the novel's final few pages attempt to tie these various strands together, the writer's ambition has exceeded his accomplishment."
Clueless student radicals, indigenous Brazilian Indians and the Internet find an uneasy mix within a novel that seems to serve as a political allegory. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF CHAMELEONS by José Eduardo  Agualusa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Agualusa's novel, which has roots in the magical realist tradition, is a sui generis work, refreshingly different, owing its primary allegiance to a specific time and place."
Black is white and human is animal; appearances are deceiving in this subtle, beguiling story of shifting identities, the first U.S. publication for the Angolan author. Read full book review >