March’s Book of the Month, The Brothers, by Asko Sahlberg comes from Pereine Press’s new series of Small Epics. Is the promise of a small epic too good to be true? Well no, apparently not. The Brothers is a heart-stoppingly intense historical novel of grand scope and, at 112 pages, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket. The translation by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah is pristine, the pace is break-neck and really there’s no excuse not to read it. So as always, we hope you enjoy this month’s choice and encourage comments and suggestions (you know the drill) via Twitter, Facebook or email.
Pereine Press was founded in 2008 by Meike Ziervogel. It specialises in contemporary European fiction in translation. Each year Pereine publish three books related by a theme. 2012’s theme is ‘Small Epic’. What’s more, all their books are under 200 pages and can be read in the time it would take to watch a DVD.