ISBN-10: 1937512738
ISBN-13: 9781937512736
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publish Date: 12/11/2018
Dimensions: 7.50" L, 5.50" W, 0.40" H

Away! Away!

Translator: Janet Livingstone


Price: $14.99


An elegant, postmodern fairy tale. –Jacob Hoefer, Bookseller, Labyrinth Books

Away! Away! — a new novel from Jana Beňová, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature! Sometimes running away is the bravest option. Or, so believes Rosa, who ditches her husband and home and takes off on the road. Along the way, she encounters the owner of a puppet theater who’s on a mission to conquer the world with his performance of The Snow Queen.

Which character from this old fairy tale will Rosa identify with? With Gerda, searching fruitlessly for her lost love? With Kai, who flees home and his beloved one day without a word? Or with the Snow Queen, who seems to stand aloof above it all?

With magnetic, sparkling prose, Beňová delivers a lively mosaic that ruminates on human relationships, our greatest fears and desires.

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Beňova's novel riffs on stories old and new, and the means by which we tell and experience them, to bring the reader inside her protagonist's mind.
–Vol. 1 Brooklyn

An elegant, postmodern fairy tale.
Jacob Hoefer, Bookseller, Labyrinth Books

Jana Beňová's Away! Away! provides laughs of a slightly more satirical, world-weary sort... No surprise–it's the journey, not the arrival, that matters, and Rosa's journey is filled with slings and arrows of outrageous Slovakian fortune.
–Bethanne Patrick, Literary Hub

All our hand-me-down wants are ways of ignoring the fact that one day we'll die like dogs. Where will we all go, one day? Away. The gift of Beňová's novel is the omniscient lurch of her prose (a multi-party stream of consciousness). Away! Away! combines its characters' voices to form a a choral imploration to the reader: sit down and sympathize with these people who make mistakes because they are so afraid of death, the end of the book. People abandon each other because they're afraid of being pinned down in an identity: locatable, inanimate. Why begrudge them their selfishness on grounds of its absurdity when what they're up against is even more absurd than that? (Hint: it's death.)
–Michael Mungiello, Cleveland Review of Books

[Away! Away!] is an interesting tale.
–The Modern Novel blog

Short and yet packs a lot of punch... unique.
–Lolly K Dandeneau, Book Stalker Blog

...lineage of Lispector, Lefebvre, and Cixous...
–Katherine Beaman, Commonplace Review

Seeing People Off is at once gritty yet beautiful, intelligent yet unpretentious, with a strange humor reminiscent of Daniil Kharms but with more tenderness.
Kenyon Review

Stunning... [Beňová] has created that unique and uniquely satisfying phenomenon of a page-turner that must yet be read slowly and precisely.
Necessary Fiction

Beňová is at her best when she's funny, and her sense of humor tends toward the dry and the dark. Seeing People Off is a fascinating novel. Fans of inward-looking postmodernists like Clarice Lispector will find much to admire here.

[Beňová] is in the first generation of post-Soviet writers for whom scarcity and censorship is a recent memory, and the political is always lurking just behind the breezy Aimee Bender-like prose.
Publishers Weekly

The setting of Jana Beňová's first book in English, translated by Janet Livingstone and published by Two Dollar Radio, is mirrored in how the novel itself is built. The bursts of narration – as short as a few words and rarely longer than a page – are recurring contained units, and they provide a stabilizing uniformity to an otherwise eccentric set of characters and scenes.
Electric Literature

Beňová's short, fast novels are a revolution against normality. Unlike so many others, her novels not only claim to be a revolution but actually achieve this feat through their minimalist narratives that go against all conventions; in fact, Beňová manages to subtly and intelligently poke fun at conventional categorizations.
Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF

[Seeing People Off] must be read for a long time. It will be receiving awards, translated and made into a film, it will be put into anthologies. They will declare it as one of the most important works of new Slovak prose.

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ISBN-10: 1937512738
ISBN-13: 9781937512736
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publish Date: 12/11/2018
Dimensions: 7.50" L, 5.50" W, 0.40" H
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