Book Review: Ti Amo by Hanne Ørstavik and translated by Martin Aitken #NovNov

My thanks to Archipelago/Steerforth Press for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Ti Amo (2022) is a raw, honest, beautiful, heart-breaking, autobiographical account of a woman whose husband is suffering terminal cancer. Written originally in Norwegian by author Hanne Ørstavik, the version I read is translated brilliantly by Martin Aitken. In Ti Amo,…

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Book Review: Montaigne by Stefan Zweig and translated by Will Stone #NovNov #NonfictionNovember #GermanLitMonth

In such epochs where the highest values of life—our peace, our independence, our basic rights, all that makes our existence more pure, more beautiful, all that justifies it—are sacrificed to the demon inhabiting a dozen fanatics and ideologues, all the problems of the man who fears for his humanity come down to the same question:…

Book Review: Chandrakanta: A Hindi Fantasy Classic by Devaki Nandan Khatri (translated by Rohini Chowdhury)

Today I am sharing my thoughts on the Hindi fantasy classic Chandrakanta (1888) by Devaki Nandan Khatri, which first appeared this past Friday as part of #WitchWeek2022 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove, and Lizzie at Lizzie Ross Writer, here. Below is the post as appeared on Chris' blog. * * * A beautiful princess, a…

Book Review: Mr Ma and Son by Lao She, translated by William Dolby #1929Club

My thanks to Penguin Press UK for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. Lao She was an author I first ‘met’ when I read John Fletcher’s Wuhan last year where he was a character and one of the narrators, and that book had left me wanting to explore She’s writings, so when this…

Book Review: The Legend of Sally Jones by Jakob Wegelius and translated by Peter Graves; illustrated by Jakob Wegelius

My thanks to Pushkin Press/Steerforth Press for a review copy of the book vie Edelweiss. Sally Jones is a gorilla (at times dressed in overalls) who serves with her friend the chief engineer aboard a ship, and moves comfortably among humans. In Wegelius’s The Murderer’s Ape, Sally must begin a harrowing quest when the Chief…

Book Review: The Little Captain by Paul Biegel, translated by Gillian Hume and Paul Biegel and illustrated by Sally Collins

My thanks to Pushkin Press and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. I have been enjoying exploring Pushkin Press’s vast and interesting list of translated literature from different parts of the globe, and from its children’s catalogue have found especially fun titles from Dutch children’s fiction. I’ve read and loved titles by Tonke…

Book Review: The Martins by David Foenkinos and translated by Sam Taylor

My thanks to Gallic Books/Consortium Book Sales and Distribution and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. The Martins is a French novel by author David Foenkinos and translated by Sam Taylor which takes us on an amusing journey with an author writing a book. In the book, our narrator an author, accustomed to…

Book Review: Tokyo Express by Seichō Matsumoto and translated by Jesse Kirkwood

My thanks to Penguin Press UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Tokyo Express is a Japanese mystery/detective novel by Seichō Matsumoto, first published in 1958 and in this version, translated by Jesse Kirkwood. Having only read two of Seishi Yokomizo’s Kindaichi mysteries so far, when this showed up on NetGalley, I…

Book Review: A Good & Dignified Life: The Political Advice of Hannah Arendt & Rosa Luxemburg by Joke J. Hermsen and translated by Brendan Monaghan

My thanks to Yale University Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Tumultuous is perhaps one word we might use to describe the world around us today, and one face of this is the citizens’ protests we are witnessing in numerous countries—West or East, ‘developed’ or ‘developing’. Looking at these protests, against,…

Book Review: Of Sunshine and Bedbugs by Isaac Babel and translated by Boris Dralyuk

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Isaac Babel (1894–1940) was not an author I knew or had come across earlier but when this volume of Essential Stories appeared from Pushkin Press, I decided to (somewhat blindly) give it a try. Babel was an author, journalist, and translator…