The Translator's Bride


by João Reis

August 20, 2019
novel | pb | 117 pgs.
5.5" x 8.5"


At the start of The Translator's Bride, the Translator's bride has left him. But if he can only find a way to publish a book, and buy a small house, maybe he can win her back . . . These are the obsessive thoughts that pervade the Translator's mind as he walks around an unnamed city full of idiots, trying to figure out how to put his life back together—his employers aren't paying him, he's trying to survive a woman's unwanted advances, and he's trying to make the best of his desperate living conditions—all while he struggles with his own mind and angry and psychotic ideas, filled with longing and melancholy. Darkly funny, filled with acidic observations and told with a frenetic page, The Translator's Bride is an incredible ride—whether you're a translator or not!

Translated from the Portuguese by the author


About the Author:

João Reis, born in 1985, is a Portuguese writer and a literary translator of Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Icelandic). He studied philosophy and has lived in Portugal, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. Reis's work has already been compared to that of Hamsun and Kafka, and represents a literary style unseen in contemporary Portuguese writing.

Praise for The Translator's Bride

"The circuitous absorption of The Translator’s Bride is sustained by its novella-like structure and dark, gleaming humor... [Its] language is beautiful, mordant, and tragic."—Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews

"Reis’s novel is both surprising and hilarious."—Publisher's Weekly