Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1949 Ford F1 in the other Brookl(y)n

The truck was spotted in Bushwick by Isabelle Chapman. I like this edition of Ford F1 in any language & have posted them everywhere from West Texas to Nova Scotia, 
Isabelle has translated three of my novels so far. The French translations mean more to me than any other because I can read French, so I know how great Isabelle's work is, and what a powerfully creative endeavor literary translation can be. Carry Me, my third novel, came out in US & Canada this spring (you can get signed US First editions at Blue Hill Books or Betsy's Sunflower; signed Canadian firsts at Paragraphe Bookstore (Montreal) or Ben McNally Books (Toronto)). Isabelle's translation will appear in 2017-- published in Paris by Editions Philippe-Rey, et á Montreal par Editions XYZ.

from La Loi des Reves review in Le Figaro
"...Peter Behrens parvient, jusqu'au bout, à garder le même souffle, le même lyrisme incantatoire, et à faire partager sa compassion et son respect pour un héros qui, endurci par les épreuves, finit par devenir un homme. Sans illusions, mais toujours déterminé.La Loi des rêves de Peter Behrens traduit de l'anglais par Isabelle Chapman" (buy it here)

from Les O'Brien review in Cafe-Powell
"...Nous faisant voyager de la Californie à New York, en passant par Montreal, Les O’Brien est un roman jubilatoire comme on en voit peu : Joe O’Brien, la figure majeure du récit, est un personnage complexe, en apparence fort, ambitieux et travailleur, en réalité profondément marqué par son passé misérable. Toute sa vie, il aura quelque chose à prouver. Il n’arrivera jamais à passer outre les failles profondes qu’ont laissé son enfance, incarnées par le personnage de Mike, son beau-père alcoolique et lubrique, qu’il battit comme plâtre quand il apprit qu’il tripotait ses jeunes sœurs. Le souvenir de ce violoniste obsessionnel, qui pouvait jouer des jours durant, sera diabolisé avec le temps, symbolisant toute la misère et la violence de l’enfance de Joe dans le Pontiac. Joe, presque volontairement, deviendra à son tour alcoolique, mettant alors en péril sa famille.
Les O’Brien est un roman fleuve d’une rare intensité. On le quitte un peu triste, comme lorsque l’on laisse des amis qu’on sait ne jamais revoir." (buy it here)
From Dennis Bock's review of Carry Me in New York Times Book Review  "...Behrens captures his narrator’s naïveté and the casual anti-Semitism of the times with great skill and intelligence . . . as true an observation about human nature as there is."

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