european finds !

We were in town this morning me and my wife Amanda so i decided to pop into Chesterfield library ,to find they had a stand of translated fiction which was great .had a good look through and picked up two to read .These are both new writers to me and the synopsis of both books sounded good .the first was by Jean-Claude Izzo a sun for the dying ,that follows a man called Rico in Izzo’s native Marseilles after he escapes a tough life in paris and the cold north of france .As he searches for lost love .the other book is a book by a czech writer Emil Hakl of kids and parents and is described as a bit like Ulysses as it follows a father and son round the bars of Prague and sounds like it is a stream of .. book .

    I think its great that the library is promoting translated literature as only three percent of books published in uk are translated ,where as in other european countries that figure is much higher .there is a link to the three percent site from the university of Rochester that helps promote translated fiction.

do you read much european fiction ?

have you a favourite book by a writer from europe ?

 

two new writers

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