Monthly Archives: February 2014

Not a Word out of Place – Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep

After Snow White Must Die – another book where I was itching to get out my red pencil – I discovered that it was the 70th anniversary of the creation of Raymond Chandler’s iconic private detective Philip Marlowe. I’d been … Continue reading

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Travesty, treachery, betrayal!

So, things had quietened down a bit. I was getting back to work, back in the swing of blogging about books and translation and other matters that this blog is supposed to be about. We had started to breathe a … Continue reading

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Snow White Must Die

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus, translated from German by Steven T. Murray (Pan Macmillan, 2012), certainly benefits from an eyecatching title and cover as well as “international bestseller status” and inclusion in Richard and Judy’s Book Club. Weirdly, … Continue reading

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Love Virtually: an epistolary novel for the 21st century

Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer, translated by Jamie Bulloch and Katharina Bielenberg (MacLehose Press, 2012) is another book I’d been really keen to read for ages, and is the sort of thing I want to see more of in translation: … Continue reading

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Death Comes to Pemberley

I’ve recently finished PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley (Faber, 2011). I’m not usually a fan of prequels/sequels/continuations of other people’s books so I hadn’t been going to bother with it, especially having seen iffy reviews when it first came … Continue reading

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Found in Translation

“Found in translation” is rapidly becoming my second most hated translation cliché. Despite this, I was keen to read Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche‘s book of that name (Perigee, 2012). They are two leading figures in the translation-related twittersphere and … Continue reading

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Roads to Berlin – A book of two halves

Dutch author Cees Nootemboom has been travelling to and occasionally living in Berlin since 1963. He was there in 1989 for the fall of the Wall and the events leading up to it, and he travelled back to Germany on … Continue reading

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