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Canciones para el incendio, Songs for the Flames- Juan Gabriel Vasquez

This wonderful collection of nine short stories is the latest work from Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez and powerfully explores familiar themes and ideas in new and varied settings. Bookended by two stories arising from different historical conflicts in Colombia, … Continue reading

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Keeper by Jessica Moor

This novel is a literary thriller about domestic abuse and is absolutely a book for our times. The Corona virus pandemic and the subsequent lock down measures have seen women in abusive relationships confined to the home and a huge … Continue reading

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Die Bagage- The Riff-Raff- by Monika Helfer

This is the story of  Maria Moosbrugger, a young Austrian woman, married with 4 children living in a rural community in Austria at the outbreak of the First World War. We’re told early on that Maria is the writer’s grandmother: … Continue reading

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Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor translated by Sophie Hughes

Hurricane Season, by Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor, is shortlisted for the Booker International Prize 2020. Set in the impoverished fictional village of La Matosa on the coast of Mexico it’s both a crime story and an account of poverty, violence, … Continue reading

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Exquisite Cadavers- Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy’s recent, third novel, Exquisite Cadavers came about partly in response to reviewers of her previous novel, When I hit you. In the preface she says reviewers had categorised that novel as memoir, when she’d explicitly called it a … Continue reading

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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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Serotonine by Michel Houellebecq-Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

I was interested to read that Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel Sérotonine, in translation by Shaun Whiteside, has been longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. This prize is awarded every year for a single book that’s been translated into English … Continue reading

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Days without End by Sebastian Barry

With the imminent publication of Sebastian Barry’s novel A Thousand Moons, I decided to go back and reread his novel Days Without End, which became Costa Book of the Year in 2016. A Thousand Moons picks up its story, focusing … Continue reading

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