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Book of the Month – March 2024

Join us in appreciating The Extinction of Irena Rey, a wildly inventive literary novel by young American writer Jennifer Croft.

Eight translators arrive at the exotic home of their beloved author, the renowned Irena Rey. They are there to translate her magnum opus, Gray Eminence. An intense mood of reverence and anticipation prevails, but Irena is not herself, and mysteriously disappears.

The translators search the primeval Bialowieza forest, rifle through Irena’s possessions and reveal themselves to one another in new and uncomfortable ways. They translate the unwieldy novel and bicker, often hilariously. The Extinction of Irena Rey is a masterful commentary on the creative act and the art of translation. A clever, fresh and funny take on literature with echoes of Roberto Bolano and Jorge Luis Borges.



Versatile author, critic, translator. Recipient of the Man Booker International Prize for her translation from Polish of Olga Tokarczuk novel Flights. Founder of The Buenos Aires Review. The Extinction of Irena Rey is her debut novel.

* Intimate Lunch for 20 people at Bar Elvina at 12:30pm. [Tickets + More info]

Book Signing at Bookoccino 2-3pm. Pre-purchase copies here or bring your existing books. [Free]


NOTE – Jennifer will be at Sydney Writers’ Festival, on 23 May on two panel events; “First Fictions” and “Found in Translation” [More]

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