Category Archives: Books in Translation

Ostende 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft- Volker Weidermann

This book has been recently published in English as ‘Summer before the Dark’. It’s an account of the friendship between the Austrian writers Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth and the summer they spent together in 1936 in Ostend, in exile … Continue reading

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The Days of Abandonment- Elena Ferrante

Readers who have gone through a painful breakup may be advised to pass on this novel: it is a powerful, emotionally charged account of abandonment which draws the reader right into the consciousness of the female narrator, her pain and … Continue reading

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Short stories from modern Greece: Something Will Happen, You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou

This collection of short stories, beautifully produced by Archipelago books, depicts the everyday struggles of the poor in present day Greece. Set in and around Nikaia and the urban sprawl around the port of Piraeus the stories tell of nightwatchman, … Continue reading

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Las Reputaciones- Juan Gabriel Vasquez ( translated into English as ‘Reputations’ by Anne Mclean)

This slim novel by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (author of ‘The Sound of Things Falling’ and ‘Dogs of War’) is set again in his native Columbia. The protagonist, Javier Mallarino, is a political cartoonist and the book deals with the fragility … Continue reading

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Reader for Hire- Raymond Jean translated by Adriana Hunter

The luscious red lips on the cover of this beautiful book from Peirene tell us something of its content: it tells the story of Marie- Constance who decides to advertise her services as a reader for people who are unable … Continue reading

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The Empress and the Cake by Linda Stift, translated by Jamie Bulloch

Don’t be fooled by the sugar pink cover and even handed title of this beautifully presented book from Peirene: this not a sweet read and, though part of the fairy tale series, to my mind belongs to the darker of … Continue reading

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10 books to read about Peru

Here is a personal whistle stop tour of some books I read about Peru which helped me understand that vast and complex country a little better: Andes by Michael Jacobs is travel writing at its very best. The book describes … Continue reading

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