Jessica Moore perfectly encapsulates the thrilling genius of Maylis de Kerangal in this translation. The beauty of Eastbound‘s prose directly contradicts the dire circumstances of Aloicha, a young Russian soldier who quickly deserts, hiding on the very same train as his pursuers. Kerangal’s masterful control of his work and Moore’s faithful translation of the original French novel will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Eastbound by Maylis De Kerangal, (List Price: $18, Archipelago, 9781953861504, February 2023)
Reviewed by Lena Malpeli, Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida