Author Archives: mandywight

Gehen, ging, gegangen- Go, went, went by Jenny Erpenbeck.

Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel, now available in English translation by Susan Bernofsky, explores the plight of refugees in Germany today. Told from the point of view of Richard, a retired academic, who befriends a group of refugees, the novel relates … Continue reading

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Die Koenigin schweigt- The Queen is silent- by Laura Freudenthaler

This moving debut novel by the Austrian writer Laura Freudenthaler describes the life of the elderly and ailing Fanny, through her memories, conversations and stories she has told over years to her granddaughter. The vivid depiction of people and situations … Continue reading

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The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich- A polyphony of voices.

In this extraordinary book, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to women from all parts of the former Soviet Union who fought on the Soviet side in the Second World War. Travelling over several years, … Continue reading

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Die Mittagsfrau-The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck- translated by Anthea Bell.

As little Peter is woken up by a ray of sunshine falling across his bed, to the morning call of seagulls and his neighbour singing softly, we are drawn into the intimacy of his world in a town near the … Continue reading

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Ralf Rothmann- Im Fruehling sterben- translated by Shaun Whiteside as To die in Spring.

With memorial services marking the First World War’s battle of Passchendaele and the release of Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk, the horrific and senseless loss of life in war has been playing on my mind. ┬áSo it seemed timely to turn … Continue reading

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Human Acts- Han Kang translated by Deborah Smith

This novel is an account of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising in South Korea and the massacre and repression which followed. Told from different points of view, the accounts are pieced together like a mosaic and tell us of those who … Continue reading

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August- Christa Wolf’s last short story.

August, the first short story in this slim volume of three, was written in 2011, and was the last short story written by Christa Wolf before her death in December of that year. She catapults the reader straight in to … Continue reading

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