Bulgakov to Burgess a constellation of books !

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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  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.

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

    Nice finds Stu – especially the Bulgakov!

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

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

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  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!

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  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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