Alastair McEwen

Alastair McEwen

Alastair McEwen was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in July 1950. To date, he has published over 60 book-length translations (novels and non-fiction), essays, articles, and poems, plus several feature film scripts and operatic librettos. He has worked with some of Italy’s finest living writers: Baricco, Busi, Eco, Jaeggy, Tabucchi, and Veronesi.

S. S. Proleterka

Fiction by Fleur Jaeggy

Translated by Alastair McEwen

Our fifteen-year-old protagonist and her distant, financially ruined, yet somehow beloved father, Johannes, take a cruise together to Greece on the SS Proleterka. With a strange telescopic perspective, narrated from the day she suddenly decides she would like to receive her father’s ashes, our heroine recounts her youth. Her remarried mother, cold and far away, allowed the father only rare visits with the child who was stashed away with relatives or at a school for girls.…
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