Monthly Archives: March 2014

March reads 2014 (in-translation month)

In March I only read fiction in translation. I’d noticed my in-translation reading had dipped a little and wanted to get back into the swing of it, so thought the best way would be to only let myself read in … Continue reading

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5 books NOT to buy for mother’s day

Books for when you want to say “I wish to express my love for you, my mother, with a book about a mother making dangerously questionable life choices.” 1. Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews So, a mother makes … Continue reading

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Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones

Translated from Italian by Clarissa Botsford. ‘Sworn virgins’ are, in Albanian tradition, women who choose to become men but are not necessarily transgender/transsexual. It is usually when there are no male heirs in the family, so a woman will take … Continue reading

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HHhH by Laurent Binet

Translated from French by Sam Taylor. HHhH stands for (in German) ‘Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich’. Heydrich was in charge of the Nazi secret service and the ‘protector’ of Czechoslovakia (where he was variously called ‘the butcher of Prague’, the … Continue reading

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Nagasaki by Eric Faye

Translated from French by Emily Boyce. Shimura, a middle-aged man living alone in a quiet suburb, begins to notice food has been going missing from his kitchen. He sets up a webcam and monitors it from work, hoping to catch … Continue reading

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February Reads 2014

6. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (Novel) I read this at a time of a lot of hype (which I did know was a terrible idea), so it didn’t quite live up to expectations for me. But … Continue reading

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