Emilio Fraia and Zoë Perry in conversation with Tynan Kogane

This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Sevastopol author Emilio Fraia and the book’s English translator Zoë Perry, in conversation with New Directions editor Tynan Kogane. Designed with an audience of fellow writers in mind, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers case studies of the path to publication and candid conversations about the current realities of publicity, social media, virtual events, working with agents and editors, and more. For this event, the author, translator, and editor will discuss the story of the book’s English-language translation and their experience releasing the U.S. edition.

If you would like to purchase Sevastopol, we recommend using one of the links on translator Zoë Perry’s website.


Emilio Fraia was born in São Paulo in 1982. His English-language debut, Sevastopol, translated by Zoë Perry, was recently published by New Directions in the U.S. and Lolli Editions in the UK. Fraia was named one of Granta’s Best Young Brazilian Writers. In English his texts have appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewGrand Journal, and Two Lines 19: Passageways. Photo credit: Renato Parada.

Tynan Kogane is an editor at New Directions. He was raised in Seattle and graduated from the New School. He is interested in literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and has recently worked on books by Maria Stepanova, Moyra Davey, Hiroko Oyamada, Emilio Fraia, Judith Schalansky, Fernanda Melchor, Natalia Ginzburg, Ingeborg Bachmann, Mathias Énard, Alejandra Pizarnik, Rachel Ingalls, Max Blecher, and Rabee Jaber, and has edited two anthologies of poetry: French Love Poems and Cat Poems. Photo credit: Nina Subin.

Zoë Perry's translations of contemporary Portuguese-language fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The White ReviewGrantaWords Without BordersLatin American Literature Today and the Paris Review. Her translation of Emilio Fraia’s book Sevastopol was published in 2021 by New Directions (US) and Lolli Editions (UK). Photo credit: Bruno Ribeiro.

ABOUT Sevastopol:

Three subtly connected stories converge in this chimerical debut, each burrowing into a turning point in a person’s life: a young woman gives a melancholy account of her obsession with climbing Mount Everest; a Peruvian-Brazilian vanishes into the forest after staying in a musty, semi-abandoned inn in the haunted depths of the Brazilian countryside; a young playwright embarks on the production of a play about the city of Sevastopol and a Russian painter portraying Crimean War soldiers. Inspired by Tolstoy’s The Sevastopol Sketches, Emilio Fraia masterfully weaves together these stories of yearning and loss, obsession and madness, failure and the desire to persist, in a restrained manner reminiscent of Anton Chekhov, Roberto Bolaño, and Rachel Cusk (New Directions).