Over thirty years ago, with the aim of introducing the works of foreign writers to an Italian audience, Sandra Ozzola and her husband, Sandro Ferri, launched their prestigious, independent publishing house Edizione E/O in Rome. Ten years ago, they launched the US branch, Europa Editions, an excellent publisher of literature in translation for North American readers.
The couple also launched the publishing career of Elena Ferrante, who is one of their most successful authors. Senior editor, Penny Hueston chatted to Sandra ahead of the publication of the final book in the Neopolitan Novels, The Story of the Lost Child.
This month we’re excited to be publishing no less than five Randolph Stow novels in the Text Classics series, all with new companion essays. Below, in her introduction for To the Islands, Bernadette Brennan reveals why thirty years after first reading the book she remains ‘captive to its power’.
For a broader look at Stow’s legacy, read Nicolas Rothwell’s excellent feature in the Australian.
Eka Kurniawan’s extraordinary debut, Beauty Is a Wound, charts an epic journey through Indonesia’s turbulent history, lacing together history, satire, legend, humour and romance in a scathing critique of his young nation’s troubled past.
Kurniawan is visiting Australia as a guest of the Melbourne and Brisbane Writers Festivals. He chatted with Text’s Alice Lewinsky about inspirations, famous comparisons and the new age of Indonesian literature.
It’s Father’s Day on 6 September—what would your dad like, you wonder, that won’t be stashed with the stubby holders and golf calendars of Father’s Days past?
Here’s a thought: get him a book! It’s thoughtful and says many thousands of words, none of which you have to think up yourself.
We asked around the office, and this is what Text staff are getting for their dads.