Category Archives: In translation

August reads 2017

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (novel) I enjoyed this while I was reading it but it hasn’t stayed with at all. I like that the different story threads gradually come together (all centered around one somewhat accidental murder), I … Continue reading

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July reads 2017

I’m in the middle of three books at the moment, so August’s wrap-up will, in theory, have a whole lot of stuff. But, for now, the three I finished in what was a very busy month: Stay With Me by … Continue reading

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Oddly specific book recommendations #1: Shoeburyness

According to the Meaning of Liff, ‘Shoeburyness’ is: the vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat that is still warm from somebody else’s bottom I think what you need in that situation is either an extremely immersive … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Translated from the Russian by Louise and Aylmer Maude. I got this beautiful new Vintage classics edition which is part of their Russian classics reissue. All the covers in the series use Russian textile designs from the nineteenth century and … Continue reading

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January reads 2017

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (novel) Parts of this were great; others were a slog. Normally I like an unlikeable narrator/anti-hero, and a non-linear narrative, but Saleem was such an arrogant dick I couldn’t get on board with him. I … Continue reading

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Human Acts by Han Kang

Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. Human Acts tells the story of the 1980 Gwangju uprising and massacre in South Korea. It’s a book about the trauma of what happened, of being silenced, of the aftermath, and about resistance, … Continue reading

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Best books of 2016

2016 was an odd reading year for me. I read 59 books, which is roughly average for me, maybe slightly below, but I seemed to read a lot of ‘okay’ books but not as many great ones. For some reason … Continue reading

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