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Out of This World: Speculative Fiction in Translation from the Cold War to the New Millennium
by Rachel S. Cordasco
contributions by Wojciech Orlinski, Sunyoung Park, Mingwei Song, Takayuki Tatsumi, Francesco Verso, Emad El-Din Aysha, Sonja Fritzsche, Edward Gauvin, Maria Haskins, Dale Knickerbocker, J. Pekka Makela, Julie Novakova and Keren Omry
University of Illinois Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-0-252-04398-7 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05291-0
Library of Congress Classification PN3448.S64
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.3876

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion of speculative fiction in translation (SFT). Rachel Cordasco examines speculative fiction published in English translation since 1960, ranging from Soviet-era fiction to the Arabic-language dystopias that emerged following the Iraq War. Individual chapters on SFT from Korean, Czech, Finnish, and eleven other source languages feature an introduction by an expert in the language's speculative fiction tradition and its present-day output. Cordasco then breaks down each chapter by subgenre--including science fiction, fantasy, and horror--to guide readers toward the kinds of works that most interest them. Her discussion of available SFT stands alongside an analysis of how various subgenres emerged and developed in a given language. She also examines the reasons a given subgenre has been translated into English.

An informative and one-of-a-kind guide, Out of This World offers readers and scholars alike a tour of speculative fiction's new globalized era.


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