New Digital Publishing Start-up Restless Books Wants to Bring International Titles to U.S. Audience

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Restless Books is a new digital publisher devoted to bringing you the best of international literature. Our objective is to create a community of readers who share our restlessness, our passion for cultures and languages, our interest in how people tell stories around the world. In the books we’ll be sharing with you—fiction, journalism, memoirs, poetry, travel writing, photography, and graphic novels—you’ll journey with us to new places, geographic and imaginary.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi, a celebrated novelist from Karachi, Pakistan, is the first of the incomparable writers we take special pride in introducing to a global audience. His latest masterwork, Between Clay and Dust, tells the stories of a great wrestler and an aging courtesan. In the aftermath of Partition, we watch their lives and their dignity unravel as they are wrenched into a new and strange society. As one reviewer puts it, “South Asian literary circles have been abuzz over a highly original fictional look at the subcontinent in the years following Partition that also doubles as a poignant study of life’s transience.”

Our debut also includes a bracing new work by award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, who discovered his poetic voice while serving six years in prison. Baca has written a gorgeous short text in which he meditates on his own face, what people see in it, and how it often misrepresents him. The Face is published together with two extraordinary collections of poetry, The Esai Poems and The Lucia Poems, each about one of his children. Delve into Baca’s luminescent writing and you’ll understand immediately why Jimmy has been called “one of America’s foremost poets.”

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