Two new arrivals a Czech classic and French Noir

I’ve had a bad week really , some really bad news .So a couple of books arriving has brightened a morning up to what is a sad time at Winston’s tower .

innocence by Heda Margolius Kovaly

First is a Czech crime novel the only novel from a writer better known for her non fiction work the biography  Under a cruel star .Heda Margolius Kovály was a Czech writer and translator , her book about the war and what followed from being a Jew in the Czechoslovakia . she lived in exile from the late 1950’s onwards ,where she worked as a translator translated many books from English to Czech including Raymond Chandler . I mention Chandler as John Banville has compared this book to his work .Set in Prague it follows the investigation into a murder at a cinema and the women that work as ushers in it .This is also translated by Alex Zucker .

boxes by Pascal Garnier

The second arrival today was Boxes the latest from Gallic books noir series , that has been putting out the novels of the Late Pascal Garnier .This one follows Brice and Emma a couple that have just moved into a new house . Their neighbour Blanche lives next to the grave yard and she says Brice looks like her Late father .

What books have you received recently ?

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sharkell
    May 09, 2015 @ 12:08:09

    I was just given The Tie That Binds by Kent Haruf and The Expedition to the Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenstrom. Sorry to hear you have had bad news this week – you have had more than your fair share recently.

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  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    May 09, 2015 @ 13:37:41

    Nice arrivals Stu, and I hope thing improve for you.

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  3. Guy Savage
    May 09, 2015 @ 14:35:00

    Coincidence: I just bought a copy of Boxes too. I was delighted to see another Garnier make an appearance.

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  4. MarinaSofia
    May 09, 2015 @ 15:02:19

    Fingers crossed all the news gets better for you.
    I love my Pascal Garnier, haven’t read this one yet and look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

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  5. farmlanebooks
    May 09, 2015 @ 17:23:12

    So sorry to hear that you’ve had bad news. Hope things look brighter soon.

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  6. WordsAndPeace
    May 10, 2015 @ 04:15:10

    thanks, have only read one by Garnier, and really enjoyed it, I need to read more. The last book I received was a nonfiction incredibly beautiful book on the bridges of Paris!

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  7. Lisa Hill
    May 10, 2015 @ 05:44:57

    I guess this bad news is about Millie, I am sad to hear it. It’s always hard to lose loved ones.

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  8. JacquiWine
    May 10, 2015 @ 05:52:12

    Wishing you all the best, Stu. I hope things improve for you…

    Looking forward to hearing more about both of these books.

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  9. Annabel (gaskella)
    May 10, 2015 @ 12:50:46

    I hope things look up Stu. I got Boxes too – that kitten on the front is adorable – I’m sure it’s different inside though!

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  10. erdeaka
    May 11, 2015 @ 02:55:44

    nice🙂

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  11. Jim Henderson
    May 14, 2015 @ 16:57:24

    Both these books look interesting. My recent acquisitions include James Fenton’s Selected Poems and a collection of essays by Tim Parks, Where I’m Reading From.

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  12. Bellezza
    May 15, 2015 @ 04:04:04

    I received Innocence as well; we shall have to talk about it when we get it read.

    My best to you and Amanda as you visit her mother. xo

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