Category Archives: History

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann- Power and Performance- translated by Ross Benjamin.

Daniel Kehlmann’s latest novel Tyll, translated into English by Ross Benjamin, has been shortlisted for this year’s 2020 Booker International Prize. This prize acknowledges the skilful and creative art of translation by rewarding the author and translator equally. I read … Continue reading

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A Thousand Moons- Sebastian Barry

This latest novel by Sebastian Barry is the sequel to his Costa-winning book, Days without End.  Narrated by Winona, the Lakota Sioux Indian girl taken in by Thomas McNulty and John Cole in the first book, the novel picks up … Continue reading

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Irgendwo in diesem Dunkel-Somewhere in this Darkness- by Natascha Wodin

Irgendwo in diesem Dunkel is a sequel, and a complement, to Natascha Wodin’s prize- winning memoir of her mother, Sie kam aus Mariupol. In that book, which won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2017, she recounts the life of … Continue reading

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Riveting Germans: Writers and translators reflect 30 years after the fall of the Wall.

I was thrilled to hear about this event, Riveting Germans: After the Wall, hosted by Rosie Goldsmith of the European Literature Network and featuring, among others, one of my favourite German writers, Julia Franck. ( Her novel The Blind Side … Continue reading

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The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer

This life of a woman born in France in 1941 is set against a backdrop of social and political development and change from the post war years right up to the early 21st century. Through personal and collective memories, descriptions … Continue reading

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Voices from Chernobyl- Svetlana Alexievich

I often thought that the simple fact, the mechanical fact, is no closer to the truth than a vague feeling, rumor, vision. Why repeat the facts- they cover up our feelings. The development of these feelings, the spilling of these … Continue reading

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On the Red Hill by Mike Parker

Mike Parker and his partner, Peredur, are overwhelmed when they discover that their elderly friends, George and Reg, have bequeathed their beautiful house in mid- Wales, Rhiw Goch, to them. They had in fact been caring for their friends during … Continue reading

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