Winston’s books a tale of two cities !

Well there was four books arrive this week at Winston towers .


First up is two more in the series Tales from the OUP press , this time they are visiting Copenhagen , with stories from Hans Christian Anderson , Jakob Esersbo , Soren KIerkegaard and Karen Blixen on the back it says it takes you from the narrow twisting streets of the old town centre to the shady docklands ,captures the essence of Copenhagen and its many faces .Next we are off to Vienna and a few more familiar names to me Arthur Schnitzler , Joseph Roth , and Veza Canetti it says about Vienna tales , situated on the cusp of West and East ,between the foothills of the Alps and the mights “Blue Danube ” Vienna has long presented authors with a wealth of material for stories that entertain and intrigue .I love these snapshots of a cities writers and how a place has influenced a writer .


Next up is a novel by one of Algeria’s most controversial writers Boualem Sansal set in a crumbling mansion in the old quarter of Algiers we meet two women one young and rebellious ,the other is a recluse Lamia whose world is turned upside by the arrival of the young Cherifa at her home .Frank Wynne has translated this novel so I am rather excited about this one .


The last book is one I have reviewed ,but will mention here as it has been made into a series for Radio four in the UK it seems , The boy from Aleppo who painted the war ,is the Debut novel of Sumia Sukkar , is one of the first works of fiction to cover the recent war in Syria .

What books arrived at your house this week ?

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MarinaSofia
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 06:51:24

    Very interesting locations, one and all. I have a weakness for the first two cities (lived for quite a while in Vienna) and know far too little about the last two locations, so a great opportunity to find out more.


  2. jacquiwine
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 07:11:13

    I particularly like the sound of Vienna Tales, looking forward to hearing more about that one.


  3. hastanton
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 07:16:14

    Love the sound of Harraga . The only Algerian writer I have read is Yasmina Khadra . Look forward to reading your review.


  4. Lisa Hill
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 07:34:16

    Your post box is more interesting than mine this week, Stu. I wish publishers would ask me before sending me books I’m just not very interested in!


  5. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:39:51

    What lovely looking books Stu – particularly the Copenhagen and Vienna tales.


  6. Mytwostotinki
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:43:53

    Interesting new arrivals. I am particularly keen to know more about Harraga since I recently read and reviewed a book by Sansal that was excellent (An Unfinished Business/The German Mujahid). New arrivals this week here: Lionel Trilling: The Middle of the Journey, Victor Serge: Unforgiving Years, Juan Goytisolo: The Garden of Secrets, Fern Schumer Chapman: Motherland, Douglas Frantz/Catherine Collins: Death on the Black Sea and a book in Bulgarian with poetry: Ivan Landzhev: Blame It on Bobby Fischer. I also won another giveaway for the German Lit Month in November, Wolfgang Herrndorf: Why We Took the Car.


  7. heavenali
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 11:51:58

    Love the idea of Copenhagen Tales and Vienna Tales. Lovely looking editions too.


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