Seeing People Off by Jana Benova published by Two Dollar Radio Coming Soon!

1st Printing Features: Trade paper, Gatefold

Seeing People Off

a novel by
Jana Beňová


Preorder this title now!

$ 11.25 $ 14.99
Format:  Paperback (Preorder)
LIST PRICE: $14.99
PAGES: 142
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-937512-59-0
RELEASE DATE: 5/9/2017

ABOUT

*Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature.

"Beňová’s short, fast novels are a revolution against normality. Unlike so many others, her novels not only claim to be a revolution but actually achieve this feat through their minimalist narratives that go against all conventions; in fact, Beňová manages to subtly and intelligently poke fun at conventional categorizations."
—Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF


Synopsis

There is a liveliness and effervescence to Jana Beňová’s prose that is magnetic. Whether addressing the loneliness of relationships or the effectiveness of rat poison, her voice and observations call to mind the verve and sophistication of Renata Adler or Rosalyn Drexler, while remaining utterly singular.

Seeing People Off follows Elza and Ian, a young couple living in a humongous apartment complex outside Bratislava where the walls play music and talk, and time is immaterial.

Drawing on her memories, everyday interactions, observations of post-socialist realities, and Elza’s attraction to actor, Kalisto Tanzi, Seeing People Off is a kaleidoscopic, poetic, and deeply funny portrait of a relationship.



Seeing People Off by Jana Beňová (approximately) =

Seeing People Off by Jana Benova = Aimee Bender + Renata Adler + Joan Didion

* In most cases, none of these writers endorse this book. Our math formulas are supposed to be amusing anecdotes, similar to shelf-talkers in bookstores that say "If you like X, you might enjoy Y," or "This Book is like Cormac McCarthy writing an episode of Saved by the Bell with a soundtrack by Philip Glass."

Reviews

"[Seeing People Off] must be read for a long time. It will be receiving awards, translated and made into a film, it will be put into anthologies. They will declare it as one of the most important works of new Slovak prose."
SME

Author

Jana Benova author of Seeing People Off published by Two Dollar Radio

Jana Beňová is one of the most acclaimed Slovak authors, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature. She is a poet and novelist, author of the novels Seeing People Off, Get Off! Get Off!, Parker, and Honeymoon (forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio), as well as three collections of poems. Though her work has been widely translated throughout Europe, Seeing People Off is her English-language debut.

Sneak Peek

Coming soon!


Radio Waves daily blog by Two Dollar Radio indie book publisher

Latest posts

  • Pygmalion Festival Preview

    This weekend we'll be attending The Pygmalion Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL for the second year in a row! Joining us will be author of The Reactive (our hot summer release) Masande Ntshanga. Masande officially started his U.S. book tour at the Brooklyn Book Festival... Read more →

  • The Wire | Melanie Finn's playlist for The Gloaming

    Melanie Finn contributed a playlist to Largehearted Boy's "Book Notes" series, where authors write playlists to accompany their books. Here is Finn's explanation for a song on her playlist: "In 2000, traveling through the highlands of Ethiopia, I was stranded... Read more →

  • On The Dial | Jessica Hopper

    I recently returned home from going on tour with my band. One of my favorite things about traveling with them is checking out what books everyone brings for the "mini-van library." Jordan (bass) brought a book of essays by Jessica Hopper that... Read more →