''...everything revolves within us in the heat which unceasingly pushes back the borders of the possible, the air itself is pure fire, and we laugh in its face, rub body against body until the last bridges are burnt, and with them the very idea of returning to humanity....''
A Handful of Sand is a love story and an ode to lost opportunity. Written as a duet for two narrators, we hear both the male and the female voices trying to tell us their stories. As each of them looks back on the span of his lives, they offer us the sum of their histories in anticipation of the exquisite moment when they finally meet.
This is a beautifully written exploration of the roots of love and the anatomy of loss. As two lovers struggle to weave a fabric between them which is durable beyond the volatility of sex and romantic intoxication, we remain acutely aware that the precious opportunity for them to be together can so easily pass through their hands like sand through their fingers.
Press Release. 11th May, 2011
Istros Books was present at the London Book Fair 2011. This is the first time that the publishing house was represented, and it was a chance to introduce ourselves to other companies, meet like-minded professionals and attend some of the lectures on offer. Of special interest was the Literary Translation Centre, where there were events on the art of translation as well as how to review and how to sell works in translation. Rosie Goldsmith led an interesting disucusion with Max Porter of Daunts, among others, expressing his committment to showcase books from lesser known places.
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