Bulgakov to Burgess a constellation of books !


Some recent arrivals today first of is a debut french novel by Adrien Bosc a french writer his first novel is a fiction account of a real event the crashing in 1949 of a Lockhead Constellation on a flight from Paris to New york he tells the story of the 49 passengers and crew. Reminds me of the world trade centre novel windows on the world.


Next up four more bargains from Amazon all under a pound second-hand first up is Danube the story of the river written by Claudio Magris , I so enjoyed Blindly by him the other year. This trip on the river and its history sounds interesting almost Sebald in a way.


I’ve long been a fan of the african writer series this is another form them a story of the clash of Islamic and African values seems more apt now than when the book was written in  1961 .


Last a bargain pair of Portuguese novels the first Knowledge of Hell by Antonio Lobo Antunes a doctor from a mental institution carries out a conversation with his daughter about his life on  the way back from Algarve to Lisbon a bleak view of his country’s past. Antunes has been a writer a have want to read for a while the second book Goncalo M Tavares book Joseph Walser’s Machine the second part of his kingdom series The first \i also have as I try to expand the number of books on the blog from Portugal .


Now three recent oxfam finds the first Three comrades will be for German lit month and a chance to read anpther book by Erich Maria Remarque . set in post ww1 german the story of three friends in the upheavel of inter war years in Germany.


Then we have Mikhail Bulgakov classic of the Russian civil war White guard , which is strange as this week I got an e mail offering his biography , which given I have his letters means some point soon I will be in Full Bulgakov mood.


Last but not least the lesser known side of Burgess his short story collection he published late in his life. The devils mode features Holmes solving a music crime, Shakespeare and Cervantes meeting all sounds fun.

What books have you got recently ?


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony
    Jul 15, 2016 @ 09:48:54

    Lots to like there, Stu 🙂

    The only one I’ve tried is the Remarque, a nice follow up to his most famous book, showing Germany in the late 20s (pre-Nazi era!).


  2. MarinaSofia
    Jul 15, 2016 @ 10:49:12

    I’ve got a copy of Magris’ book about the Danube (well, he takes in two of ‘my’ home countries – Austria and Romania, how could I not?). It’s a travelogue with a difference, takes in a lot of history and thoughtful meanders as well.


  3. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jul 15, 2016 @ 12:58:38

    Nice finds Stu – especially the Bulgakov!


  4. BookerTalk
    Jul 15, 2016 @ 22:56:53

    A good mixture of countries, styles and authors and at bargain prices. Perfect


  5. Sarah
    Jul 16, 2016 @ 10:03:59

    Ooo, Sebald, you say? Great finds Stu, and Magris’ ‘Danube’ has now been added to the wish list!


  6. WordsAndPeace
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 03:15:58

    Interesting, Constellation made me think of The Bridge of San Luis Ray: https://wordsandpeace.com/2016/07/14/book-review-constellation-i-love-france-193/
    Just got The Madonna of Notre Dame, by Ragougneau, translated form the French


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