The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping
by Francis Nenik

Published October 15
Preorders will ship on October 15
Translated from German by Katy Derbyshire.
64 pages
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isbn: 978-3-944801-00-1
isbn: 978-3-944801-04-9
“…a haunting lament for two voices on the perilousness of poetic election”

“…a touching fictional tribute to two poets lost ‘in the maze’ of literary history” –Mark Ford, London Review of Books

Nicholas Moore and Ivan Blatný were 20th-century poets whose stars burned bright in their youths, Moore in England and Blatný in Czechoslovakia. Then both men were battered by history and individual fate. The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping is a formally innovative book that explores their life stories. Its wildly imaginative structures are built on meticulous research, and as the two men’s separate, parallel existences unfold, they reveal astounding coincidences and heartbreaking reversals of fortune.

Francis Nenik works as a farmer and writes in his free time. He has published several novels. Current works include XO (a novel in the form of a loose-leaf collection) as well as a collection of short stories with strict alliteration (2013). His most recent work, in which The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping appears, is the volume of stories Francis Travels Backwards, or The Realignment of the 20th Century published by ed[ition]. cetera in Leipzig.

Katy Derbyshire is an award-winning London-born translator living in Berlin. She focuses on contemporary writers such as Clemens Meyer, Inka Parei, Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Simon Urban, Helene Hegemann, Tilman Rammstedt, and Dorothee Elmiger. Katy writes about German books and writers at Love German Books and Going Dutch with German Writers.