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BookBrowse Reviews The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft

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The Extinction of Irena Rey

by Jennifer Croft

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The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft
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    Mar 2024, 320 pages

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A labyrinthine tale that twists truth and perception against the lush, fantastical background of a primeval Polish forest.

Eight translators, each rendering Polish into a different target language. One globally adored, eccentric author, thought to be in line for an "inevitable Nobel Prize." The eccentric author's tall house of "undulating, unscathed oak" stuffed with various aged knickknacks, large enough to accommodate all eight translators as they gather to usher her latest book, believed to be her masterpiece, into their respective tongues. Poland's ancient Białowieża Forest (see Beyond the Book), lurking on the edge of the author's village near Belarus, an intense place crawling with death, life, and fungi.

These frankly grandiose elements make up Jennifer Croft's debut novel The Extinction of Irena Rey. A reader who hasn't seen the Białowieża Forest can easily imagine it to be as stunning as it appears here, but the way the first-person narrator, Spanish-language translator ...

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