The Task of This Translator

Stylistically daring, morally perplexing, and outrageously funny, Todd Hasak-Lowy's The Task of This Translator marks the debut of a writer of extraordinary talent. In these seven stories, Hasak-Lowy captures the absurdity that often arises when very personal crises intersect with global issues such as ethnic violence, obesity, and the media. A journalist sets out to write an investigative piece on a dieting company that uses bodyguards to protect overeaters from themselves but loses his bearings when he becomes a client and is paired up with a bodyguard of his own. In the coffee shop of Israel's Holocaust memorial museum, a stale pastry triggers a brawl between an American tourist and the Israeli cashier. A man misplaces his wallet shortly before a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. An unwilling and mostly unqualified slacker finds himself cast into the role of translator for the bitter reunion of a family torn apart years earlier by unspecified brutality. A standout story collection, The Task of This Translator is funny, intricate, and deeply human.

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156031127

  • ISBN-10: 0156031124

  • Pages: 272

  • Price: $15.95

  • Publication Date: 06/01/2005

  • Carton Quantity: 44

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Todd Hasak-Lowy

TODD HASAK-LOWY was born in Detroit. He teaches Hebrew language and literature at the University of Florida and lives in Gainesville, Florida.
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    ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR

    "These are inventive, delightful stories by a startling new talent, easy in their modernity, classic in their authoritative tone, and secretly fitted with deep structures of irony and pity."

    -MICHAEL CHABON , author of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY

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Related Categories

  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156031127

  • ISBN-10: 0156031124

  • Pages: 272

  • Price: $15.95

  • Publication Date: 06/01/2005

  • Carton Quantity: 44

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