winstons post and under starts orders

The first 2 from Winstons post are –

Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher

This won the first man booker arabic fiction prize ,a mesmerising tale of love ,power and conflict set in 19th century Egypt says the cove ,Taher is ahighly respected writer in his own country ,the book is translated by Humphrey Davies .

The life of an unkown man by Andrei Makine

Makine is considered on of the greatest living writers ,he is a russian born frenchman who lives in paris this is his latest novel .It follos a writer in russia dishearten by modern russia meets a old man and hears his tale of life in russia since the secoond world war ,This is due out in october .and as with all Makine’s books is translated by Geoffrey Strachan .

The other Thing that arrived this week was the poetry collection I won via nonsuch books .This is a collection of  6 volumes ,that were all first published by Faber .the books are beautifully made with great covers and lovely endpapers in each edition .Here is fabers page about them ,many thanks Frances from Nonsuch and Gemma at faber who sent them .


This week means the start of windmills of the mind ,here is my Don Quixote and notebook ready .

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chasing bawa
    Jul 18, 2010 @ 15:28:08

    The Life of an Unknown Man looks very interesting. And I’m looking forward to reading about your Don Quixote journey. I haven’t read it and it may spur me on to give it a try one day (it’s so huge and intimidating!)


  2. Iris
    Jul 18, 2010 @ 16:24:15

    I’m so jealous of the poetry collection! I couldn’t enter the draw because I’m from Europe. They look lovely!

    As do the other two books you received this week.


  3. Frances
    Jul 18, 2010 @ 23:38:07

    Very cool that they came so fast. Hope you enjoy and wondering which will be read first.

    Now to find that Don Quixote reading schedule again. I’m so disorganized!


  4. amymckie
    Jul 19, 2010 @ 11:49:31

    Ooohhh great books there Stu!! Also, good luck with Don Quixote!


  5. Lua
    Jul 19, 2010 @ 12:21:13

    Great reads and I’m looking forward for your Sunset Oasis review Stu! Good luck with the Don Quixote- sounds very interesting.


  6. Eva
    Jul 20, 2010 @ 06:38:34

    I adored the Makine novel I read a couple years ago (Dreams of My Russian Summer), and I’ve been meaning to read more of him! The other novel sounds fascinating.


  7. Kinna
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 12:59:42

    Been meaning to read a Makine. Will add your suggestion to my list. Thanks.


  8. kiss a cloud
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 19:58:02

    I’ll be late for Don Quixote but hopefully catch up before you all finish!


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