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COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

Christina Hesselholdt, trans. Paul Russell Garrett (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Companions follows the lives of a group of friends and the challenges that mid-life presents them. The novel is narrated through a series of monologues from the various characters’ perspectives and has settings that span all across Europe from the Lake District to Belgrade. The multiple voices give […]

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THIS LITTLE ART | BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE ART | BOOK REVIEW

Kate Briggs (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Perhaps a bizarre trait in a monoglot such as my shameful self, this, but recently I’ve become increasingly interested in literary translations: their rules, aesthetics and politics, which covers a lot of ground on all those fronts. Briggs does a compelling job of demystifying this world, hidden to most and often […]

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MOVING KINGS | BOOK REVIEW

MOVING KINGS | BOOK REVIEW

Joshua Cohen (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Cultures collide in this ambitious novel, exploring the lives of men seeking a place within foreign lands. After completing a stint of military service for the Israeli Defence Forces, Yoav and Uri head to America, working for King’s Moving – a firm run by a relation of Yoav. Here they discover […]

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COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

Mathias Enard (Fitzcarraldo Editions) A contemporary premise and captivating plot form the basis to this unique novel from French writer Mathias Enard. Having received critical acclaim for his previous work, the novel was awarded the Prix Goncourt prize, France’s oldest and most prestigious literary accolade when it was first published in the French language in […]

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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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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 […]