#translationthurs for June the 9 th

Here are the book people mentioned on twitter for the #transaltionthurs meme .

The darkroom of Damocles by W F Herman – this is a dutch classic ,set during the second world war follows a tobacconist as he may be helped the Nazis in occupied holland this book was translated by Ina Rilke in 2007 and was suggested by Marcel from Lizzie siddal blog link to her review see mention it as Iris of Iris on books is running a dutch lit month .

Mercedes-Benz by Pawel Huelle ,a Polish book a response to a lost Mitteleuropa ,Michael from complete review says about this book ,suggest by Simon of inside books who was reading on the train yesterday .

Ceasarian by Tommy Wieringa another Dutch book this follows a mother and soon over a number of years and different places it is about mother son relationships ,I read it and will review some point this month .This was suggested by Gary from Parrish Lantern.also another book for Iris dutch month

two suggestions from Rob both books by the well-known Italian writer Niccolo Ammanati ,he suggest The crossroad and I m not scared .,this was seconded by Lizzie siddal as well ,I ve not read him but think his books are meant to be deep and meaningful ,I m not scared was made into a film in Italy ,follows some kids over the summer,a bit like a lord of the flies in italy .

No ones loves a policeman by Guillermo Orsi ,Crime novel ,a bit political and a little like a road movie ,it is set in 2001 ,as violent erupts in Argentina ,suggest by Matt G Craig from reader dad blog .

The last pope by Luis Miguel Rocha – a Portuguese novel ,I have this in my tbr pile it looks a bit like an upmarket dan brown a shadowy group and a dead pope an interesting book involving the masons ,suggest by Kuukookers

both Mcmucca and Tony Malone are reading books in other languages Mcmucca reading A nick Hornby novel in Italian and Tony is reading F C Delius portrait as a young mother as published by Peirene in the original german .You have check tony’s blog he reads a lot books in the original languages .

Jorge Luis Borges A writer on the edge by Beatrix Sarlo a book about the great Argentina writer published by Verso books suggested by  Stefan form And other  stories the new publisher in translation

Death in August by Marco Vichi ,the first in the inspector Bordelli series ,set in 1960’s italy it has a nostalgia feel the amazon review says to it suggest by Francesca  best

Coming to writing and other essays by Helene Cixous six essays about the sexes among other things translated from french ,suggested by Peirene press

The tunnel by Ernesto Sabato ,this is a dark novel by the Argentina writer that died recently ,I was kindly sent a copy by Gaskell after she reviewed it ,suggest by bookworm 1979 .

And other stories suggest you looks at their first collection of books here is a link I know Stuart Evers spoke highly of the book all the lights by Clemens Meyers ,this is a story of people on the edge having lost out in life and love .

Midwinter sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft ,a new swedish thriller was suggested by L MacDougall from Hodder and Stoughton ,this is a follows Mallin a young detective ,has been called a better female character than Larsson’s

Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan Van Mersbergen ,I review this earlier this week a wonderful book about being a man .suggest by David Heb for the blog follow the thread .

Nia Polly mention her love of Basque poetry and you must look at the new issue of Transcript on-line the magazine about all things translation .

So we got crime ,dutch books ,italian books and some from Latin america this week my choice was skating Rink by Roberto Bolano .






13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eva
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 15:22:26

    What a neat round up! I forgot yesterday was Thursday, but my translated read is Fireflies in the Mist by Qurratulain Hyder, originally written in Urdu and translated by the author. 🙂


  2. parrish
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 16:00:36

    Once again a great selection for the ideal library, only thing missing is some poetry lol


  3. Geosi
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 18:10:36

    An interesting selection you have here. I am kind of interested in Ernesto’s The Tunnels.


  4. Anbolyn
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 19:51:47

    An intriguing mix this week. I’m especially interested in the Dutch titles mentioned, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get them in time to read for Dutch Literature Month. Maybe next year!


  5. Nana Fredua-Agyeman
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 06:31:31

    Some eclectic collection of translations. What would we do without translations? That’s why the increasing sidelining translated works needs to be talked against. I would love to read The Last Pope. I have a soft spot for those kind of books.


  6. Bina
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 11:42:51

    Fantastic list, Stu! I need to read the Cixous and the Borges book 🙂


  7. lisa
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 04:15:24

    i keep forgetting to chime in on thursdays! i haven’t heard of most of these, so i’m loving these roundups each week. thanks for your hard work and dedication to this weekly project!


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