Winston state of the nation and what more to do ?

Well we are four months into 2013 a quick update of my books read page tells me I ve read 48 books with three on the go I should be at 51 in next couple of days hopefully of the books I ve read this year ,45 have been translations .I ve struggle as ever to keep up reviewing I tend to prefer reading to blogging and this year as ever a few books won’t get reviewed ,I try my best but time to blog is much short than it was the last couple of year .So far the highlights of the year have been

Train-to-Budapest-Maraini-DaciaTrain to Budapest by Dacia Maraini ,I need to know why she was mentioned a lot as a potential Nobel winner and this multi stranded story showed me why .A hidden gem more of you should be trying .

SUICIDE-edouard-LeveSuicide by Edouard Leve a touching and thought provoking book about a man looking back on a friends suicide ,Leve himself committed suicide just days after handing this book in .Review coming soon

Other highlights outside books

Elementary is my current favourite tv show I follow so little tv these days I have managed to watch all of this modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson and set in New York .

Well I’ve sign up for spotify this means I tend to spend more time listening to old favourites and records I don’t own,than new stuff these days .Our HMV shut earlier this month leaving us in Chesterfield without a record shop hence move to spotify .But the return of Bowie and the new Album Next day has been played many times on my Ipod ,Ipad and Iphone .My favourite track is the title track a classic piece of cut up lyrics by Bowie

The future

Well this is hard one I feel like I ve been treading water for a long time doing as much as I can with in my time frame to blog ,but still struck by the fact I could be doing more ,18 months ago I felt much more forward facing and just at mo ,I feel like I getting like a hamster stuck on a hamster wheel .I have the big project behind the blog now but moving forward on that is a bit early when I hit five hundred books I will be making major changes on the blog as I need to organise it to fit what I have in mind ,but outside blogging .I feel I should be doing more I still do twitter every thurs ,but one feels there is a whole world more out there I could be doing to promote world lit and also getting it to the ordinary man on the street hence a return to more pop culture references in my reviews ,I could spend hours taking a book apart comparing to all other books by the writer or region of writing with 300 plus books read and reviewed on this blog plus maybe another 700plus books read pre blogging it would be possible but I don’t want to be drawn down this path it isn’t what I intend for the image of the blog I want my reviews to be informative on the book and light with pop culture comparisons how else am I going get more people to read the books I so love !!!! by making them seem like precious stones or a rare painting to only be brought out on special days no thats not the way we need to be thinking how to make translations appeal to the widest audience not the small band that read them already ,because on the whole they know the books I read as well as me ! No I want be as my dear friend Rob calls it a book evangelist for translation so this is where I need to ask you my friends out there what more can I do ? how can we break the wall #

drooker_web smashing the wall on translation

 

 

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca
    May 03, 2013 @ 13:48:25

    I like what you’re doing now because I get most of my reading recommendations from bloggers. There aren’t many newspaper reviews left, and I’m leery of Amazon reviews.

    One thing I think would work for newbies is a world-lit version of the Petrona Remembered blog (http://www.petronaremembered.com): have lots of contributors publish pieces about their favorite pieces of world lit. It’s easier to digest than lots of best-of-the-year posts or lots of IFFP posts.

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  2. Gavin
    May 03, 2013 @ 14:04:44

    Keep doing what your doing, Stu. I think bloggers can help by mentioning translated books or posting links to your reviews. Thanks for you thoughts about Train to Budapest, I am looking for a copy.

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  3. Brian Joseph
    May 03, 2013 @ 14:20:09

    You illustrate the great conflict that we book bloggers have Stu – That is whether to read or too write blogs! Time is such a premium.

    Based upon the circumstances surrounded it Suicide sounds very interesting in a disturbing way.

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  4. Sarah
    May 03, 2013 @ 19:04:02

    I’ve read 45 books so far this year too. We must read at the same rate!

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  5. Claire 'Word by Word'
    May 04, 2013 @ 09:00:55

    Just downloaded Train to Budapest, and once I read it I will review it, so you are doing a fabulous job even if it feels like preaching to the converted, because we are but mere chains in the link and the word of mouth recommendation has a long journey from here!

    Don’t despair, it’s almost impossible for you to know just by what you do here, the wide reaching impact that it has. I agree with Gavin, keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t let it overwhelm you, two sentence’s on the book above was enough for this reader to act. A short mention can be as effective and sometimes more so than an in-depth consideration.

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  6. Guy Savage
    May 04, 2013 @ 15:10:23

    Stu: I’ve read a lot more translated books since I started blogging. Also read more recommendations from other bloggers, so I’m guessing that if you review translated books, there will be a pay-off in terms of your goal.

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  7. Parrish
    May 07, 2013 @ 18:59:31

    Hi Stu, I dunno is the easy answer, been promoting poetry for a while & it has even greater baggage in a lot of peoples perception so dunno all you can do is share the love & hope it translates into interest in what you love.

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  8. Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)
    May 11, 2013 @ 23:08:41

    Oh, Stu!
    I just downloaded Train to Budapest onto my Nook. This novel is right up my alley. I’m so interested in the author and the title. Thanks so much for mentioning it.
    I know how blogging as analytically and thoughtfully as you do has to be time-consuming, but I for one am enriched by your depictions of all the books you read.

    Judith

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  9. The Little Reader Library
    May 14, 2013 @ 16:57:32

    Just going off to find out more about Train to Budapest. Thanks for all the recommendations you give and different books you highlight, you have certainly made me think about reading more translated literature again. I hadn’t heard about this one before seeing it mentioned here.

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