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Sophie Pinkham Reviews Jennifer Croft’s “Irena Rey” for NYR
March 22, 2024

Sophie Pinkham (MARS-REERS ’12; Ph.D. Slavic ’19) reviews Jennifer Croft’s “The Extinction of Irena Rey” for New York Review of Books (April 4, 2024). In Jennifer Croft’s new novel, a band of translators from around the world navigates romantic entanglements and their hero worship of an elusive Polish author. Croft is the translator of Olga Tokarczuk’s “Flights,” which won the International Booker Prize a year before Tokarczuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2019, and “The Books of Jacob.”

The Extinction of Irena Rey is bursting with energy and cleverness, Croft’s abundant linguistic gifts and stimulating ideas on display.