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Geography of Rebels Trilogy: The Book of Communities, The Remaining Life, and In the House of July & August Paperback – Import, 25 September 2018

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“Imagine Clarice Lispector speaking with specters. Imagine Emily Dickinson seeking and finding a community. Imagine Hilda Hilst rebelling further into the madding crowd. Imagine Virginia Woolf as a Lisbon-born medium channeling displaced waves of consciousness. Imagine Fernando Pessoa as a woman building edenic spaces outside of our time-space continuum. If you can imagine some amalgamation of these descriptors, you may come close to conjuring up the writings of Maria Gabriela Llansol, but you can never quite know their protean beauty until you have entered these textual landscapes for yourself, and discovered the alternate realities they open up, where time feels simultaneously historical and ahistorical, and space simultaneously geographical and ageographical. We are fortunate that Audrey Young has translated Llansol’s Geography of Rebels Trilogy into English for the first time. Now we no longer have an excuse to overlook Llansol’s idiosyncratic genius.” ― Tyler Malone, Literary Hub

"This is an astonishing, otherworldly and utterly original book, and it reveals Llansol as one of the most fascinating Portuguese writers of the twentieth century." ― Annie McDermott, Times Literary Supplement

“I am intrigued and mesmerized by Llansol’s prose, her mysterious and beautiful sentences that push the novel beyond its usual constraints, and, at times, approach prose poetry. Like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, Llansol’s method is a radical one and, for those readers who like to be challenged, worth checking out.” ― Gary Michael Perry, Foyles Charing Cross Staff Pick (London, UK)


"Reading Geography of Rebels is an unforgettable experience. Llansol’s hallucinatory prose is genuinely transfixing." ― Joshua Tait, The Carolina Quarterly

"Her idiosyncratic, highly creative texts reached beyond conventional "figurative" writing. . . . In particular, her narrators function almost as a medium, or channel, for a series of fluctuating identities and voices or visitors (figures) who inhabit her consciousness and engage in discussion among themselves. Llansol's text also creates spaces where conjecture and counterfactual accounts operate freely - granting a glimpse of an alternative reality. She created iconoclastic, anti-nationalist texts that deflated mythical figures and representations of the past. She stressed Europe's evolution through the growth of free will, free thought and flourishing artistic and scientific developments."  ― Claire Williams, The Guardian


"A commotion of a novel. With abrupt sentences and a narrative that darts, swerves, and veers, it is a perplexing read, but in a way that innervates, rather than discourages.” ― Benjamin, Librarie Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, QC)

"Intense and sublime." ― José Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission

“Abstract, speculative thought, difficult in its way, but Maria Gabriela Llansol makes it sing.” ― Anthony Brown, Times Flow Stemmed

“Her figures are subjected to deformations and subject to a series of precise sensations. It is the precision of thought that gives her story clarity and makes it a container for speculative questions about the nature of writing and close reading. I found reading The Book of Communities an intensely felt experience, nervous as much as cerebral. It is a lived experience of Merleau-Ponty’s essay on language not residing purely in the brain, but being something we do with our bodies, words are “a certain use made of my phonatory equipment, a certain modulation of my body as a being in the world.” In that sense, like poetry, it is a book that benefits by being read aloud, playing with the elisions and sound structures. Its translator, Audrey Young, from what I can tell from comparing its original online, has done an outstanding job of retaining its rich tone and rhythm.”Times Flow Stemmed

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  • Galleys mailing to all major review outlets as well as alternative review sources in spring 2017
  • Introductions by Benjamin Moser and Gonçalo M. Tavares
  • Blurb requests targeting prominent literary and cultural figures such as Tyler Malone, Scott Esposito, Jessa Crispin, Lauren Elkin, Maaza Mengiste, Mia Couto, Sarah Gerard
  • Embassy of Portugal in DC and their Consulates in local markets to sponsor events with translator and homages to the author in public appearances in the US planned for festivals, bookstores, and universities throughout 2017 & 2018
  • Serial rights targeting The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Literal Magazine, Texas Monthly, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, The White Review; One Story, Guernica, Tin House, Words Without Borders, Asymptote
  • Print publicity targeting literary journals and newspaper book sections
  • Promotion on LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle, and other social reading websites
  • Promotion on the publisher's website (deepvellum.org), Twitter feed (@deepvellum), and Facebook page (/deepvellum)
  • Promotion in the publisher’s e-newsletters for weeks and months surrounding release
  • Promotion at publisher's booth at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP), American Library Association Conference, Modern Languages Association Convention, Texas Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, the American Literary Translators Association Conference, Book Expo America, Dallas Book Festival, and Bay Area Book Festival.
  • Publicity targeting The New Inquiry, The Millions, Full-Stop, The Nervous Breakdown, HTMLGIANT, Three Percent, The Literary Saloon, the Quarterly Conversation, and more
  • Print and digital advertising in select literary journals and magazines and on their websites, such as Words Without Borders, Asymptote, World Literature Today, Literary Hub, Granta, The Rumpus, The White Review, A Public Space, Little Star, The Coffin Factory, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Electric Literature, Music & Literature, and others
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    • Publisher : Deep Vellum Publishing (25 September 2018)
    • Language : English
    • Paperback : 352 pages
    • ISBN-10 : 1941920632
    • ISBN-13 : 978-1941920633
    • Item Weight : 431 g
    • Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.79 x 20.83 cm
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