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FOOTBALL | BOOK REVIEW

FOOTBALL | BOOK REVIEW

Jean-Phillippe Toussaint (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Belgian writer Toussaint begins with a self-effacing disclaimer: that this compendium of intellectually-minded essays about football will be a turnoff to both intellectuals and football buffs. This isn’t necessarily true (wonderful, deep things have been written about the sport over the decades), but I was largely left unmoved by his musings. […]

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SECOND-HAND TIME | BOOK REVIEW

SECOND-HAND TIME | BOOK REVIEW

Svetlana Alexievich (Fitzcarraldo Editions) In what is considered to be the magnum opus from the Belarusian writer, and winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, she weaves together a rich tapestry of Russian voices and thoughts during the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, and the subsequent emergence of a […]

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WE AND ME | BOOK REVIEW

WE AND ME | BOOK REVIEW

Saskia de Coster, trans. Nancy Forest Flier (World Editions) Saskia de Coster is already an established Belgian author, and now the award winning We and Me has been translated into English. With a laconic grandmother, a neurotic mother, a career-driven father, a felon uncle and nosy neighbours, young Sarah tries to carve out her place in the world. […]

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WIND/PINBALL | BOOK REVIEW

WIND/PINBALL | BOOK REVIEW

Haruki Murakami (Penguin) Haruki Murakami is beyond any doubt Japan’s most internationally successful writer, with novels like Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 stunning critics and audiences alike. However, his first two novels Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 were not published in English outside Japan, until now that is. Wind/Pinball combines the two novels in one edition, and both follow […]

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THE PRODIGIOUS PHYSICIAN | BOOK REVIEW

THE PRODIGIOUS PHYSICIAN | BOOK REVIEW

THE PRODIGIOUS PHYSICIAN Jorge De Sena (Dedalus) Translated by Margaret Jull Costa, this novella holds the classic foundations of a medieval fairy tale yet told in a modern voice. Three trials, magic objects and an erotic devil are all at play in the ironic story of religion, science and politics. The main character, a man […]

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INVESTIGATING MR WAKEFIELD | BOOK REVIEW

INVESTIGATING MR WAKEFIELD | BOOK REVIEW

INVESTIGATING MR WAKEFIELD Rob Gittins (Y Lolfa) If the cult hit Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn left boyfriends and husbands across the globe sleeping with one eye open, Investigating Mr Wakefield by acclaimed scriptwriter Rob Gittins may well leave girlfriends and wives unable to sleep at all. A psychological thriller, the book explores the mindset of a […]

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BRET EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS | BOOK REVIEW

BRET EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS | BOOK REVIEW

BRET EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS Lina Wolff (And Other Stories) It’s not often that you come across a novel as wonderful, alluring and surreal as Lina Wolff’s Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs. Originally written in Swedish but set in Barcelona and the down-and-out town of Caudal, the narrator is Araceli, a […]

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PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS | BOOK REVIEW

PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS | BOOK REVIEW

PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS Dan Fox (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Arguably relevant anecdote: the other day, I went into a shop while carrying this book, put it in my basket and instinctively, placed it cover side down so strangers wouldn’t judge me on the basis of its title. Fox, no doubt aided by his job as editor […]

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BLACK APPLES OF GOWER | BOOK REVIEW

BLACK APPLES OF GOWER | BOOK REVIEW

BLACK APPLES OF GOWER Iain Sinclair (Little Toller Books) Iain Sinclair’s latest foray into the labyrinthine workings of memory and landscape is many things: an exceptional portrait of a much romanticised (and Googled) coastal walk, a treatise on the numerous artists this location has inspired as well as a winding discourse on the leylines our […]

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COUNTER NARRATIVES | BOOK REVIEW

COUNTER NARRATIVES | BOOK REVIEW

COUNTER NARRATIVES John Keene (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Counter Narratives is a fascinating read where the mode of storytelling is as integral as the stories themselves. Keene’s able command of language means at times he is wonderfully descriptive and at others uses sparse information, yet allows the reader to fill in the gaps, which makes for a more intense […]