Author of the recently published and much-acclaimed novel Problems of Translation, or Charlie’s Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness, Jim Story is a novelist, short-story writer and poet.
A former Okie blues singer and Russian history professor, Jim has published short stories, essays, reviews and poetry in Confrontation, The Same, Karamu, Folio, and other literary magazines. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (for a series of poems called “Notes of a Forty-Year Old Country Boy”), won a Best New Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and held a residency at the Edward Albee Center in Montauk, Long Island. He has studied with Ben Fountain at a Zoetrope Conference in Belize and with Jim Shepard at Sirenland in Positano, Italy.
Born in Oklahoma and raised on a ranch in the San Joaquin valley in California, Jim is an enthusiastic follower of tennis, basketball and jazz. He lives in New York City, where he has just completed his next novel, The Condor's Shadow, and a short story ("What Goes Around Comes Around," working title). Other forthcoming publications will include a collection of short stories called Love and Other Terminal Diseases and a novella called Wounded by History, which National Book Critics Circle award winner Ben Fountain has called “swift, profound and engaging.” His cultural and literary blog can be accessed at jimcstory.com by clicking on Today’s Story.
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Problems of Translation, or Charlie's Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness
by Jim Story
Charles Abel Baker sets off around the world on a quest to see one of his short stories translated into ten different languages, then back into English.
Cloak-and-dagger adventure, midlife crisis, romance, humor, and a great read:
"insanely amusing" (Gary Shteyngart)
"a merry, yearlong chase around the globe" (Kirkus)
"a comic masterpiece" (Robert Roth) and 4 stars--the max--from Portland Review
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