That was August on winstonsdad

innocence by Heda Margolius Kovaly

I can’t remember the last time I felt I had blogged enough to be worthy of doing a round-up of my months blogging .Last month was Woman in translation month and through this blog we took a journey around the world . We started in Mexico with The story of my teeth by Valeria Luiselli , the tale of a man selling his teeth as thou they were famous teeth .We then head north to Sweden and a woman falling in love with an artist in a story about how we view love Wilful disregard by Lean Andresson .Then we head to France and a dead bar owner and his customers tell the story of his life and his death in Bar Balto by Faiza Guene .Then a u turn and back up north to Finland and The second book by Sofi Oksanen , when doves disappeared the story of two men during and after the war in Estonia .Then I did a post about my lack of Ferrante fever , I d try to read book one again but be honest still not getting it !!But this next one was a small victory in the type of books I read the exchange of princesses by Chantal Thomas was a great historic novel about a young princesses in France and Spain .Then onto Crime in post war Czechoslovakia and Innocence or murder on the steep street by Heda Margolius Kovaly best known for her memoir she took a slip of American hardboiled crime style and made it her own in Czech style crime in this novel .I then pulled five old reviews from Winstonsdads 500 plus books in translation reviewed .Then we head back on our Journey and to Brazil The passion according to GH by Clarice Lispector is one woman story of how she killed a cockroach the day before in a white room , stunning and the final push I need for the complete  stories which I got this weekend by her .Then I lament the lack of female nobel winners . The I was Asia bound with one of the books of the year The vegetarian by Han Kang the story of one woman after she turned vegetarian in Korea told from three views .The back to France for a third book and Heloise is bald by Emile De Turckheim the story of one girl growing with an older man the apple of her eye .Then back to Korea and another fable tale with the Hen who dreamed she could fly by Sun – Mi Hwang a hen escapes her home and discovers the wider world .Then a non fiction book by a Croatian writer Thank you for not reading By Dubravka Ugresic , a witty and serious look at the world of books from the trivia of western publishing and the reverence of the soviet years of being a writer .Then a slice of great Danish fiction with this should be written in the present tense by Helle Helle , one girls waste years of being at university and not going there but elsewhere .Not bad 12 reviews from woman in Translation .The find of the month was Innocence or murder on a steep street a real gem a slice of american in europe that thankfully missed the censors shredder .

I look forward to this month tomorrow I intend to review a nobel hopeful from Ukraine , then I am doing a classic book from Nigeria , that will start a number of reviews of African based or related books . How is your month looking ?

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. poppypeacockpens
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 16:24:34

    That’s a seriously impressive effort for ~WITMonth – have really enjoyed ‘traveling’ with you and have pooped a few on the wishlist🙂

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  2. Lisa Hill
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 21:00:48

    Hi Stu, this is a useful summary for anybody looking for ideas for next year’s WIT month:)

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  3. BookerTalk
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 08:27:35

    I’m so glad you did this round up because I haven’t had the ability to keep track of the individual postings. Which Nigerian book are you going to be reading?

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  4. Tony
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 09:44:30

    A good effort, Stu – events like this can often give us the motivation to get back into reading and reviewing🙂

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  5. kimbofo
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 22:06:23

    Wow. That’s a lot of books in a month!

    Oh, and don’t worry about not getting Ferrante Fever: I can’t seem to catch it either. I thought the first book mediocre so won’t bother with the rest.

    Reply

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