Tales of Survival: A Woman in Berlin and Gone to Ground

I decided to write about both these books in one post for several reasons. They share obvious themes for one, and they complement each other in that one is written by a free German woman, an 'ordinary citizen', and the other is written by a Jewish German woman who spent the war in hiding. They… Continue reading Tales of Survival: A Woman in Berlin and Gone to Ground

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Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)

In short, Her Father's Daughter is another amazing little book from Peirene. If you are a child of divorce, like me, you will recognise at least some of the emotions and scenarios in this book. There are moments and situations that will make your heart stop; things you recognise that you hoped you had forgotten.… Continue reading Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)

In Which I Am So, So Glad I Finally Read The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell

In brief, this is the story of a man who was once a Nazi officer, a story of his war; it is a fictional autobiography of an intellectual thrown into the horror of the Second World War. It is the War from 'the other side'. But it is so, so much more than that. Dr… Continue reading In Which I Am So, So Glad I Finally Read The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell

A new Peirene! The Man I Became by Peter Verhelst (tr. David Colmer)

As a rule I love Peirene Press, but I haven't actually read one of their books for a while. So I was very pleased to be offered a review copy of book no. 19, The Man I Became, which is part of the new 'Fairy Tale' series. It's quite an odd one, given that it… Continue reading A new Peirene! The Man I Became by Peter Verhelst (tr. David Colmer)

The Sense of an Elephant by Marco Missiroli (tr. Stephen Twilley)

A rare deviation from me here - I actually read and am actually reviewing an unsolicited review copy! I know, world gone mad. I usually leave these to mould on the  shelf before they get passed on to a friend/family member/charity shop, but I actually decided to give this one a go. Not least because… Continue reading The Sense of an Elephant by Marco Missiroli (tr. Stephen Twilley)

The Blue Room by Hanne Orstavik (tr. Deborah Dawkin)

As a rule I think Peirene Press are pretty fantastic, and their output is always both unusual and interesting. Given that they only publish books that have never before been translated into English, to a degree this makes sense. All the stories are a little quirky and unconventional, which I like. But for me The Blue… Continue reading The Blue Room by Hanne Orstavik (tr. Deborah Dawkin)

Illegal Liaisons by Grazyna Plebanek

My apologies that I haven't posted in a while - I've had a really horrendous cold that had me totally spaced out and without energy. And I'm still recovering from it! It hasn't been very nice. ANYWAY. Since becoming an official fan of Peirene Press, I've had a greater interest in translated literature, and so… Continue reading Illegal Liaisons by Grazyna Plebanek