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A web of rivalries: The Extinction of Irena Rey, by Jennifer Croft, reviewed

Eight translators gather to work on a novel written by their heroine, Irena Rey. But when she goes missing in a nearby forest, relations between them begin to fray

16 March 2024

9:00 AM

16 March 2024

9:00 AM

The Extinction of Irena Rey Jennifer Croft

Scribe, pp.304, 16.99

Jennifer Croft is a translator of uncommon energy. In 2018 she won the International Booker Prize for her rendering of Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. In 2021, she took on Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob, a great big historical epic. Now she’s written a satirical page-turner set over what one character calls ‘seven toxic, harrowing, oddly arousing, extremely fruitful weeks’.

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