Lost in Translation

Steven Harvey

Personal essays about love and change


"Harvey breathes lyricism and beauty into ordinary hours. He rummages time and place and arranges knick-knacks so that the pages exhilarate."
—Samuel Pickering Jr., author of The Blue Caterpillar and Other Essays

"Harvey established himself with his first collection, A Geometry of Lilies, as a master of the personal essay. Lost in Translation surpasses the achievement of the first."
—James Kilgo, author of Inheritance of Horses

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From the author of A Geometry of Lilies comes a new collection of essays focusing on the exotic in the ordinary of everyday life. Steven Harvey's words illuminate and entertain as he ruminates on such topics as love of family, of students and teaching, of place and tradition, and of how language itself can transform experience.

Separate as the essays are, they all tell the same story, and though they bear different titles, they all could be called "Lost in Translation." In each essay, the self is brought against a new world or two worlds into conflict, the soul shedding a husk of its former life in the encounter. Such losses, the essays say, are the leavings of our changes and the price we pay for becoming. Some part of our true selves, Harvey notes, finds voice only in such translations—in engagement with others on others' terms--and this is the part we cannot live without.

Page count: 136 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $28.95

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Steven Harvey is the author of three collections of personal essays: Lost in Translation, Bound for Shady Grove, (both Georgia), and A Geometry of Lilies. He lives in North Georgia, where he teaches English at Young Harris College.