Summer reads in Translation my choices

Well the last few weeks have seen a few Summer reading recommendations in the weekend papers .A discussion the other week after the rather banal Guardian one lead to a question of doing our own well ,I’ve let the dust settle and chosen a few translations that are out now or due out in the next month or so .

the walk

The walk by Robert Walser

Now Serpents tail has issued some more great stories from the ever-growing in reputation Robert Walser .This collection is meant to bridge the gap between the earlier works and the later Microscripts .I ve read his Berlin stories that I ll be reviewing for German lit month and all I’ll say now he is worth trying for any one wanting to fill in gaps in German lit inter wars .

let the games begin

Let the games begin by Niccolo Ammaniti

I m reading this myself at the moment ,it has a dark wit and some bizarre storylines and as I said when I first heard about this book we don’t have enough books about man eating hippos !! out next month


21:37 by Mariusz Czubaj

A polish crime novel by the Lovely Joanne and her Stork Press ,we meet Profiler Robert Heinz as he tries to track down a killer of two young men with the number 21 and 37 written on them ,also please note this is on offer on Kindle at the moment .

russian stories

Russian Stories by Francesc Seres

21 stories from relatively unknown to the west Russian writers ,we see modern Russia through the eyes of various girls in and around St Petersburg ,then go back further through each of the five writers in the collection to get a unique insight into Russia past and present .

the son Andrej Nikolaidis

The son By Andrej Nikolaidis

We spend the evening with an unknown narrator as he wanders round the city of Ulcnj ,The narrator a writer is at the crossroads of his life his wife is gone ,he has fallen out with his father and during this evening we see him take his life apart and also the place he lives .Very Bernhard at times this one and a real gem from Istros books .

parrots Flippo Bologna

The Parrots by Flippo Bologna

I ve reviewed this already here ,A great comic satire on Book prizes and writers .

Other titles on my radar

These are books already out I’ve them ready to read hopefully over the summer at some point myself .

All is silence by Manuel Rivas

The infatuations by Javier Marias

Man in love by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Every Promise by Andrea Bajani

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie (@bostonbibliophl)
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:28:58

    Oh, a new Ammaniti! I will look for that!


  2. Guy Savage
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:41:10

    Thanks, as a vegan I’ll pass on the hippo eating, but Polish crime sounds good.


  3. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 16:19:19

    Russian Stories sounds right up my street, Stu – thanks for the recommendation!


  4. Jacqui (@jacquiwine)
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 17:11:38

    Love the sound of several of these, Stu – especially the Polish crime, Let the Games Begin and The Parrots. I’ll check to see if any of these are coming to our library.

    I really liked ‘The Infatuations’, btw. It’s almost a meditation on mortality, grief, love, chance…so many of the big themes in life. I’d love to hear what you think of it. I’m reading ‘A Heart So White’ by Marias at the moment and it’s another one to savour. His writing is wonderful.


  5. whisperinggums
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 04:40:33

    The Russian Stories one intrigues me, too …and it has a great cover!


  6. Caroline
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 07:24:56

    This is a great list. I’ve read a lot of Walser and like him but he isn’t a German writer. He is Swiss. I love Ammaniti.


  7. Vishy
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 07:59:36

    Nice list, Stu! I would love to read ’21:37′, ‘Russian Stories’ and ‘The Son’. Thanks for the recommendations!


  8. Brian Joseph
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 08:12:26

    All look to be really good books. In particular, Let the Games Begin looks very intriguing. I tend to like books with odd plot elements.


  9. Tony
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 12:01:56

    I’ve just got myself a copy of Walser’s ‘Jakob von Gunten’, so hopefully I’ll get to try his work very soon. Loved ‘The Infatuations’ (of course), and while I wasn’t always enamoured with the Knausgaard, I’m still hoping to try the second book this year (especially as there’s a good chance it’ll be on the IFFP longlist in 2014…).


  10. farmlanebooks
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 12:54:28

    Another book called The Son?! I was confused enough already with the 2 I know of. I’m still interested in ‘The Parrots’ and hope to read Knausguaard #2 over the summer. Enjoy your summer reads!


  11. Scott W.
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 13:54:35

    Quite an enviable list, Stu, with more than a few books I’m learning about for the first time here. Happy reading!


  12. Violet
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 05:31:33

    I like the sound of Russian Stories. I haven’t read any contemporary female Russian writers, and I really do want to. Thanks for the list, Stu, some great titles for the TBR pile.


  13. CFisher
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 20:18:49

    A very interesting list. I think I’ll plump for the Robert Walser. Germany between the wars has always attracted me.


  14. 1streading
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 18:20:36

    Great list. Bought 21:37 on my kindle on your recommendation. The only one I’ve read is The Walk – I’ve got an older copy of this. The Infatuations also on my summer reading list and planning to see Manuel Rivas at the Edinburgh Book Festival.


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