"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
"The appeal of these personal essays lies in the eclectic choice of topics and the intriguing directions Harvey pursues. His skill with language brings a poetic sensibility to the insights that are revealed. His book will appeal to readers who enjoy the unexpected in an essay."
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.
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