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Bogota 39- New Voices from Latin America-a feast of writing and the feat of translation-edited by Juliet Mabey-Hay Festival/ One World

In 2007 the Bogotá39 project identified and promoted 39 promising young writers from Latin America, bringing the works of writers like Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Junot Díaz to a wider readership. This 2018 collection follows on from the original with, … Continue reading

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Sie kam aus Mariupol- Natascha Wodin

After years of trying to find out more about her Ukrainian mother, who died when she was only 10 years old, Natascha Wodin idly types her name one late summer night into a Russian search engine. To her amazement, for … Continue reading

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Looking forward, looking back- a Janus moment in German Literature?

When I recently attended a meeting at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin I had the good fortune to hear the well known German critic Meike Feβmann discuss new trends in contemporary German literature. She thought new writing in German was moving … Continue reading

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Stille Zeile 6 by Monika Maron- a DDR chamber piece.

This apparently simple unassuming story is set almost entirely in  East Berlin’s Pankow district and told from the point of view of a middle aged woman : it tells the tale of a woman who takes on a part time … Continue reading

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The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury

This book had been plucking at my sleeve for a while, since reading Richard Kerridge’s review in the Guardian in February 15. But it was visiting Spurn Point in November last year, that atmospheric low lying finger of land curving … Continue reading

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Wie hoch die Wasser steigen- Anja Kampmann

Anja Kampmann’s novel, shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Prize this year, 2018, tells an unusual story in a fresh and lyrical voice. The novel starts with a tragic accident on an oil rig off the coast of North Africa. The … Continue reading

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Hain- Grove- by Esther Kinsky

Esther Kinsky’s most recent book, Hain, is part memoir, part nature and travel writing, but it is also a meditation on death. The three sections of the book each describe journeys made in different parts of Italy when the writer … Continue reading

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