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Books I Want to Read from the International Booker Prize 2022 Longlist

Last year, I wanted to read the entire International Booker Prize longlist but after several disappointments and a few meh books, I lost focus and didn’t read the last few. I have one left on my shelf so I’ll get to it at some point this year. I did find a new favourite from last… Continue reading Books I Want to Read from the International Booker Prize 2022 Longlist

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Book Review: Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Title: Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead Author: Olga Tokarczuk Translator: Antonia Lloyd-Jones Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions Date: 2018 (2009) Genre: Mystery Summary: After her two dogs go missing and members of the local hunting club are found murdered, teacher and animal rights activist Janina Duszejko becomes involved in the ensuing investigation. This book… Continue reading Book Review: Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

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10 Classic Book Recommendations

I’ve read a lot of non-English classics over the last couple of years (all translated into English because I am not bilingual) and I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favourites! The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon (1002) Originally written in Middle Early Japanese (translated by Meredith McKinney) A collection of essays,… Continue reading 10 Classic Book Recommendations

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Book Review: About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (translated by Rosamund Bartlett)

Title: About Love and Other Stories Author: Anton Chekhov Translator: Rosamund Bartlett Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1885-1902) Genre: Short stories Summary: While his popularity as a playwright has sometimes overshadowed his achievements in prose, the importance of Chekhov’s stories is now recognized by readers as well as by fellow authors. Their themes – alienation, the… Continue reading Book Review: About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (translated by Rosamund Bartlett)

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Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

Title: The TrialAuthor: Franz KafkaTranslator: Idris Parry Publisher: Penguin (Modern Classics)Date: 2015 (1925)Genre: Philosophical FictionSummary: A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he… Continue reading Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

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Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

Title: The Dangers of Smoking in BedAuthor: Mariana EnríquezTranslator: Megan McDowellPublisher: GrantaDate: 2021 (2009)Genre: Horror / Short storiesSummary: Welcome to Buenos Aires, a city thrumming with murderous intentions and morbid desires, where missing children come back from the dead and unearthed bones carry terrible curses. These brilliant, unsettling tales of revenge, witchcraft, fetishes, disappearances and urban madness… Continue reading Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

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The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

I’m back with another book from the International Booker Prize 2021 longlist! When I first saw the list, The Perfect Nine was one of the books that I was immediately drawn to and I was really looking forward to reading it. I probably would have picked it up in a few years time if I… Continue reading The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

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Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Title: My Brilliant FriendAuthor: Elena FerranteTranslator: Ann GoldsteinPublisher: Europa EditionsDate: 2014 (2012)Genre: Fiction / BildungsromanSummary: My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and… Continue reading Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

Title: Perfume: The Story of a MurdererAuthor: Patrick SüskindTranslator: John E. WoodsPublisher: Penguin BooksDate: 2010 (1985)Genre: Historical fiction / Fantasy / MysterySummary: In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odours of Paris, and… Continue reading Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

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Book Review: Água Viva by Clarice Lispector

Title: Água VivaAuthor: Clarice LispectorTranslator: Stefan ToblerPublisher: PenguinDate: 2014 (1973)Genre: FictionSummary: An intense and lyrical work, it chronicles its female protagonist’s journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation. Reading Água Viva was a special experience for me. It elevated me, it crushed me, and it renewed me. It’s a very unique book and my review doesn’t do it… Continue reading Book Review: Água Viva by Clarice Lispector