1522030362340Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders. We seek extraordinary international literature that feeds our restlessness: our hunger for new perspectives, passion for other cultures and languages, and eagerness to explore beyond the confines of the familiar. Our books—fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoirs, travel writing, and young people’s literature—offer readers an expanded understanding of a changing world.


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Moon Brow
Shahriar Mandanipour
Translated from the Persian by Sara Khalili
U.S. $19.99, CA $23.99
Genre: Fiction: Iranian / Literary / War
ISBN: 9781632061287
Pub date: 4/17/2018
6″ x 9″

Before enlisting as a soldier in the Iran–Iraq war, Amir Yamini was a carefree playboy whose only concerns were seducing women and riling his religious family. Five years later, his mother and sister, Reyhaneh, find him in a mental hospital for shell-shocked soldiers, his left arm and most of his memory lost. Amir is haunted by the vision of a mysterious woman whose face he cannot see—the crescent moon on her forehead shines too brightly.

Back home in Tehran, Amir is hailed as a living martyr to the cause of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Revolution and confined as a dangerous madman. His sense of humor, if not his sanity, intact, Amir cajoles Reyhaneh into helping him escape in search for this woman. Piecing together his past, Amir decides there’s only one solution: return to the battlefield and find the remains of his severed arm—and discover its secret.

Shahriar Mandanipour is one of Iran’s most accomplished writers: the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 critical essays. Born in 1957 in Shiraz, Iran, he studied political science at Tehran University. After the onset of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, he joined the military and volunteered for duty at the front, where he served for more than eighteen months. His first collection of stories was published in 1989.

Sara Khalili is an editor and translator of contemporary Iranian literature. Her translations include Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons by Goli Taraghi, The Book of Fate by Parinoush Saniee, and Rituals of Restlessness by Yaghoub Yadali. She has also translated several volumes of poetry by Forough Farrokhzad, Simin Behbahani, Siavash Kasraii, and Fereydoon Moshiri.

Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling
Arshia Sattar
Illustrations: Sonali Zohra
U.S. $22.99, CA $27.50
Formats available: Hardcover/paper over board
Genre: Young Adult—ages 10 and up
ISBN: 9781632061775
Pub date: 5/08/2018
7.125″ x 7.125″

Rama is a brave young prince forced into exile. His brother Lakshmana and his wife, the beautiful princess Sita, follow him into the depths of the mysterious forest, where they encounter strange and dangerous creatures. None is as terrifying as Ravana, the ten-headed demon king who kidnaps Sita and takes her to a fortified city in the middle of the ocean. To rescue her, Rama enlists thousands of magical monkeys and bears to fight the demon army and win her back in a battle so harrowing, even the gods gather to bear it witness. Will Rama and his friends prevail? Only these captivating pages will tell.

An unforgettable tale of love, adventure, flying monkeys and god acting in the world of humans, Ramayana has been treasured by readers for thousands of years. Now in a gripping retelling by Arshia Sattar, readers have a new chance to explore this classic’s riches.

Arshia Sattar has a PhD in classical Indian literature from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, The Ramayana of Valmiki and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara, have been published as Penguin Classics. She has also written books for children, including Adventures With Hanuman and Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling.

Sonali Zohra studied fine art and photography and applies the principles of both to her work. From murals to illustration on ceramic, communication design, photography and illustration for books, whatever the medium, she tries to strike a balance between color, form and light.




Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York
Githa Hariharan
U.S. $16.99, CA $19.99
ISBN: 9781632060617
Pub date: 3/22/2016
5.5″ x 8.25″

Inspired by Calvino’s playful and powerful writing about journeys and cities, Hariharan combines memory, cultural criticism, and history to sculpt fascinating, layered stories about the world—from Delhi and Algeria, to New York and Washington.


The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years
Ricardo Piglia
Translated from the Spanish by Robert Croll
U.S. $19.99, CA $23.99
ISBN: 9781632061621
Pub date: 11/14/2017
5.5″ x 8.25″

A contemporary Latin American literature, Argentine novelist Ricardo Piglia’s secret magnum opus is a compilation of 327 notebooks composed over nearly six decades in which he imagines himself as his literary alter ego, Emilio Renzi.


Beyond the Rice Fields
Translated from the French by Allison M. Charette
U.S. $19.99, CA $23.99
ISBN: 9781632061317
Pub date: 10/31/2017
5.5” x 8.25”

The first novel from Madagascar translated into English, Naivo’s magisterial novel employs a twin-narrative of a slave and slave-master’s daughter to delve into the upheavals of the nation’s past as it confronted Christianity and modernity.


The Wild Book
Juan Villoro
Translated from the Spanish by Lawrence Schimel
U.S. $17.99, CA $21.99
Hardcover/ Paper over board
ISBN: 9781632061478
Pub date: 11/14/2017
5.5” x 8.25”

From one of Mexico’s foremost authors comes a wondrous adventure story of a boy who goes to live with his kooky, book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have supernatural powers.


Essays on World Literature: Aeschylus • Dante • Shakespeare
Ismail Kadare
Translated from the Albanian by Ani Kokobobo
U.S. $19.99, CA $23.99
ISBN: 9781632061744
Pub date: 2/20/2018
5.5” x 8.25”

Ismail Kadare, Albania’s most renowned novelist and a perennial Nobel Prize contender, explores three giants of world literature—Aeschylus, Dante, and Shakespeare—through the lens of resisting totalitarianism.


Albina and the Dog-Men
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam
U.S. $15.99, CA $18.99
ISBN: 9781632060549
Pub date: 5/10/2016
5″ x 7.125″

From the psychomagical guru who brought you Where the Bird Sings Best comes a supernatural love-and-horror story in which a beautiful albino giantess unleashes the slavering animal lurking inside the men of a small village.


György Spiró
Translated from the Hungarian by Tim Wilkinson
U.S. $19.99, CA $23.99
ISBN: 9781632061416
Pub date: 10/11/2016
6″ x 9″

Captivity is a highly-sophisticated historical novel and a gripping page-turner. Set in first century A.D., between the year of Christ’s death and the Jewish War, Captivity recounts the adventures of a young Roman Jew.


Super Extra Grande
Translated from the Spanish by David Frye
U.S. $15.99, CA $19.99
ISBN: 9781632060563
Pub date: 6/7/2017
5.5” x 8.25”

In a distant future in which Latin Americans have pioneered faster-than-light space travel, Dr. Jan Amos Sangan Dongo has a job with large and unusual responsibilities: being a veterinarian to enormous alien animals.


Land of Love and Ruins
Oddný Eir
Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton
U.S. $16.99, CA $19.99
ISBN: 9781632060723
Pub date: 10/25/2016
5” x 7.125”

Stirred by a dream of pilgrimage, a young author sets out on a quest to find the ruins her ancestors’ home, where they tried to live in harmony with nature and each other.


The End
Fernanda Torres
Translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin
U.S. $16.99, CA $19.99
ISBN: 9781632061218
Pub date: 7/11/2017
5″ x 7.125″

In this deadly-funny debut novel by Fernanda Torres, five macho friends in Rio’s Copacabana reflect on their hedonistic glory days—now supplanted by the indignities of aging—in what turn out to be their final moments.