Five wonderful years of Peirene Press lets go back to year one

stones in a landslide

This years sees the fifth year of Peirene press publishing the wonderful novellas in translation and on this #translationthurs , I m setting a challenge  for you all .They publish three books a year and each year has  a theme for the three books that  year .I for one have loved every single book I have read from them ,Meike seems to have a real talent to  bring three books on a theme every year that although different show different sides of the theme of the year and how this theme can be viewed around europe  . Any way its been five years since ,I read the first three books from Peirene so I’ve decide this  December I ‘m going to revisit those first three books on the theme of female voices  and review them again , to see if time has change my view of them but also to see if the five years since I reviewed them if this blogger has changed in the way I look at books ! I would love for some of my fellow bloggers to join in with just one or even all of the books , for the first time or just to revisit them like my self .The first three are beside the sea by Veronique Olmi  which has since been a play .Stone in a landslide by Maria Barbel , any one that has read this blog or followed me on twitter for any time know this is my all time favourite from Peirene , a classic of Catalan fiction and will tie nicely with the two recent books from there I have read .Lastly portrait of the mother as a young woman , a one sentence book that follows a young woman on one afternoon in Rome in 1943 .So just read and post over December if we use a hashtag of #peirene5  then we can see them on twitter .

What is your favourite book from Peirene press !! ?

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. naomifrisby
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 07:57:20

    I have all three of these, Stu, but I’ve never read them, so I shall join you. My favourite Peirene book? The Mussell Feast. Taught and tense.


  2. Maryom
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 08:31:22

    As I’ve been vaguely intending to re-read my Peirene collection, I’ll join in. Give me a nudge if I seem to have forgotten by December! My favourite has always been Portrait of the Mother, with its Woolf-style stream of consciousness, so it’ll be interesting to see if I still feel that way.


  3. hastanton
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 08:33:23

    I loved Beside The Sea …so powerful


  4. farmlanebooks
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:36:41

    Five years? Wow! I can’t believe it is that long. For me, I don’t think anything will ever top ‘Beside the Sea’. I still think about it regularly.


  5. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:57:12

    I’ve just purchase my first Pereine Press book – can’t wait to read it!


  6. sakura
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:28:09

    My favourite is Alois Hotschnig’s Maybe This Time but Beside the Sea is a close second. I still have a good number of Peirene titles to read so I will sit this one out and cheer you all on!


  7. Claire 'Word by Word'
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:04:11

    I haven’t read any of the first series, so would love to join in, I’ve loved them all The Mussel Feast and Mr Darwin’s Gardener spring to mind as favourites, both so unique and more than just a story, like a rose, things of beauty with thorns.


  8. jacquiwine
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 18:09:59

    Like Sakura, I still have other Peirene novellas to try so I’ll commit to reading The Dead Lake in December to complete this year’s coming-of-age series. I love what Peirene Press do, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for your reviews.

    It’s very difficult to pick a favourite Pei book, but I have a soft spot for the eerie mood of Maybe This Time.


  9. Col
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 05:44:28

    I’m a Peirene Books Virgin! So if you suggest where I’m best to start I’d happily give it a go!


  10. MarinaSofia
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 11:37:49

    Five years already – here’s to many more! Beside the Sea is one of the most moving and horrifying books I’ve ever read, so that one certainly sticks in my mind, but I also liked The Dead Like, Sea of Ink… and there are a couple I haven’t read yet and am planning to read for German Literature Month.


  11. mee
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 12:34:11

    That means I’ve been meaning to read Beside the Sea for 5 years… I’ve read their recent releases: The Dead Lake and the Blue Room, and liked both, but can’t pick a favorite yet. Hope I can get to Beside the Sea this December and look forward to your posts about the books.


  12. Tony
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 10:47:49

    My favourite is ‘Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman’, one I’ve read several times already 🙂 Not sure I’ll be able to get to any in December, but I’ll give it a go 😉


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