—Hal Hlavinka, Quarterly Conversation
It’s with no small amount of urgency that Mathias Énard’s Compass, an engrossing meditation on the cultural and historical tension between Europe and the Islamic world, arrives from New Directions in a gorgeous translation by Charlotte Mandell.
—Adrian Nathan West, Literary Review
His most far-reaching and accomplished book and one of the finest European novels in recent memory.
For all its sandstorm of scholarship, translated with tireless eloquence by Charlotte Mandell, Compass aches with…simple yearning.