We're back at the gift suggestions for the holiday season here at the EWN. This time around, Antoine Wilson, author of the great 2007 debut novel, The Interloper (Handsel Books, 2007) offers a couple of titles he'll be giving out this year. He's a little pre-occupied with newborn care this season to elaborate on the whys and how comes, but he'll be gifting a couple of not-so-new works in translation to his own friends and relatives.
Bohumi Hrabal's Too Loud a Solitude (Abacus, 1993) - a novella, written in 1976, translated from the Czechoslovakian by Michael Henry Hein in 1990. The descriptions I've found online and reviews, have made me hope I'm on Mr. Wilson's gift list this year! As all of these descriptions are copyrighted, I suggest you wander to the above link and see what they say for yourselves.
Next up from Antoine is a short story collection, Stories of Happy People by Lars Gustafsson (New Directions, 1986). Gustafsson is a Swedish writer, long since transplanted to Houston, TX, and I'm not sure if this work was translated to English or not.
Another thing Antoine is giving out this year coincides with his life as a contributing editor there - the fantastic literary journal A Public Space. Contributing editor or not, Antoine does NOT get discounts when he orders these gift subscriptions.