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SWEET DAYS OF DISCIPLINE | BOOK REVIEW

SWEET DAYS OF DISCIPLINE | BOOK REVIEW

Fleur Jaeggy, Trans: Tim Parks (And Other Stories) Sometimes less really is more, and Fleur Jaeggy’s novel, Sweet Days of Discipline exemplifies this. Though it’s a considerably short piece by usual standards (weighing in at just 101 pages), the story is narrated extremely well within this space. The precision with which Jaeggy writes allows the story to be this […]

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THE LIME TREE | BOOK REVIEW

THE LIME TREE | BOOK REVIEW

César Aira, trans: Chris Andrews (And Other Stories) Although the narrator is not explicitly declared to be César Aira, The Lime Tree certainly seems to be a fictionalised autobiography of the Argentinian author. Set in Aira’s hometown of Coronel Pringles, the book narrates many childhood incidents. The nature of memory, how thoughts link and how they make […]

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THE GURUGU PLEDGE | BOOK REVIEW

THE GURUGU PLEDGE | BOOK REVIEW

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, trans: Jethro Soutar (And Other Stories) This award-winning book details the journey of desperate migrants from North Africa to Europe. Composed of multiple stories, the novel shares some of the histories behind their migration. The dialogue is sometimes over-explained, their stories show us the personal character of people who have fallen […]

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I AM THE BROTHER OF XX | BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE BROTHER OF XX | BOOK REVIEW

Fleur Jaeggy (And Other Stories) This book won’t be for everyone. As a series of short stories depicting madness, solitude, the artist’s process of creating and experiencing art and the abyss, many will find it pretentious and confusing. For others, Jaeggy’s writing embodies nostalgia for the modernist days gone by, with a style heavily influenced […]

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WORLDS FROM THE WORD’S END | BOOK REVIEW

WORLDS FROM THE WORD’S END | BOOK REVIEW

  Joanna Walsh (And Other Stories) A unique collection of short stories, Joanna Walsh’s sharply observed prose provides an immersing and refreshing read. The impactive work of fiction combines different cultures, themes and relationships and includes a variety of subject matters. There is a story within the pages that will resonate – from the intriguing […]

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THE TRANSMIGRATION OF BODIES | BOOK REVIEW

THE TRANSMIGRATION OF BODIES | BOOK REVIEW

Yuri Herrera (And Other Stories) Discussions pertaining to Latin and Central American literature in the West have revolved around the same stale stereotypes, writers and motifs: until now, that is. UC Berkeley graduate Yuri Herrera’s The Transmigration of Bodies certainly lives up to the expectations of his former novellas and his debut novel, the politically […]

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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 […]