Monthly Archives: October 2013

Chasing the King of Hearts

Chasing the King of Hearts by Hannah Krall and translated by Philip Boehm is the latest in Peirene’s Turning Point series and described as a “remarkable true story of love and survival”. It is the story of Izolda, a Polish … Continue reading

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Captain of the Steppe by Oleg Pavlov, tr. Ian Appleby

Deep in the desolate steppe, Captain Khabarov waits out his service at a camp where the news arrives in bundles of last year’s papers and rations turn up rotting in their trucks. One Spring, he decides to plant a field … Continue reading

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Paradises by Iosi Havilio, tr. Beth Fowler

My reading for Summer Reads reviews has so far focussed largely on translated titles, a lot of them from And Other Stories, and that’s not changed here. Paradises by Iosi Havilio, translated by Beth Fowler (And Other Stories, 2013), is … Continue reading

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The President’s Hat – Antoine Laurain, tr. Louise Rogers Lalaurie, Emily Boyce and Jane Aitken.

The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain, tr. Louise Rogers Lalaurie, Emily Boyce and Jane Aitken (Gallic Books, 2013)  is something else I’d been wanting to read ever since I first heard about it so I jumped at the chance to review … Continue reading

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Trieste by Daša Drndić, tr. Ellen Elias-Bursać

Trieste by Daša Drndić was first published in Croatian in 2007 and the English translation by Ellen Elias-Bursać was published by MacLehose Press in 2012. It was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and won the Independent Foreign Fiction … Continue reading

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“The Language of Languages”: International Translation Day 2013

This year’s International Translation Day Conference was held last week at the British Library. Again, the day was bursting with inspiration and encouragement. We got the chance to talk, to share experiences and ideas and to wonder where the world … Continue reading

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Quesadillas – Juan Pablo Villalobos, tr. Rosalind Harvey

After the Writers’ Centre event on Quesadillas, I was longing to read the book so it was my first choice from the long list on offer for next year’s Summer Reads programme. I picked it up, headed for the nearest … Continue reading

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