Winstonsdad books of the year

Well I reviewed less than other years this year so I am only going pick a few highlights of my year this year.

The Prophets of the eternal fjord by Kim Leine

the prophets of Eternal Fjord

Was an epic Danish novel following a priest sent in the 18th century to Greenland to try to wrestle the natives back to the christian line a tale of times now gone. This would make a great HBO series full of mud and ice .My review

The Dirty Dust by Maitain O Cadhain


This was one of two translation of this classic Irish novel into English. Set in a small village graveyard we here the generations buried there talk about their lives and the past they had together and the hates they had together and the loves together.My review

Byron and the beauty by Muharem Bazdulj

Bryon in the Balkans falls for a beautiful woman only to find she is out of his reach for once the bad boy of british poetry struggle to gets what he wants .My review


Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue

A fiction tennis match between an italian painter and a spanish poet is the backdrop to this tale that flows around the world of the time just as man is discovering science and thought the age of enlightenment is on them.My review

One Million cows by Manuel Rivas



This was a gem of short stories by one of my favourite spanish writers Manuel Rivas by a press started by his translator her we see the shackles of Franco be shaken of a people return to spain other have their last day at school looking forward .I have recently read his debut novel also from small station press .My review 

Constellation by Adrien Bosc


The stories of a plane that crashed told from the point of view of the flight but also the stories of those on board from the man from Disney to a group of poor Spanish shepherds .One of those french novels that remind how great french lit can be . My review 

Trysting by Emmauelle Pagano


A book of voice another French gem this is clips of what love is bits of people lives this is love stripped to the bone no names places or times just the acts of love shown. My review 


Land of my Father by Vamba Sherif

A freed slave returns to Africa from the Us to Liberia but not all is as he imagines it , he has to follow his calling and try to convert the natives .My review

Revulsion Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Mayo

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A man returns to sort his mother affairs and gives a speech during the evening denouncing the country of his birth and why he had to leave and become Thomas Bernhard on his passport. An homage to the great writer from a great latin American writer .My review 

Panorama by Dusan Sarotar


My book of a year by a country mile this is simply why I read books in translation that once a decade discovery of a voice so exciting and fresh yes part Sebald but also a new tale of traveling from the very western tip of Europe back to the Balkan heart of it.My review 

There are my books of the year been lots of other great books

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SDCK
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:48:02

    Thanks so much for chosing two Istros’ titles, Stu. Another great year in reading literature in translation:)


  2. Lisa Hill
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:08:24

    I have already added nearly all of these to my wishlist, Stu. Thanks for another great year, I love reading your reviews even though they often tempt my bank balance!


  3. JacquiWine
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:37:37

    As always, a very interesting and diverse list, Stu. Sudden Death and Trysting seem to have picked up quite a few positive reviews – would they be eligible for the Man Booker International?

    Wishing you all the best for 2017, I hope it turns out to be a great year of reading for you.


  4. Dwight
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 14:49:59

    I had missed your review on The Dirty Dust, so I’m glad you mentioned it here.I have this dream project of sitting down and reading all three translations of Cré na Cille that I have at the same time: The Dirty Dust, Graveyard Clay, and Joan Trodden Keefe/s dissertation. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too!


  5. A Little Blog of Books
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 14:58:56

    Really interesting selection, Stu, as always! I’m particularly interested in the books by Kim Leine and Alvaro Enrigue.


  6. Melissa Beck
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 15:25:41

    So many great books on your list, Stu! Happy New Year.


  7. Vishy
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 18:50:04

    Great books, Stu! Adding them to my TBR list! Thank you!


  8. roughghosts
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 19:06:30

    Panorama was the most important book for me as a writer. Just amazing. I intentionally listed my books backward chronologically to avid having to rank because each book was special for different reasons. You’ve listed so many books I id not even hear of which is, for me, the real treat of end of year lists. Best wishes for 2017!


  9. Max Cairnduff
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 15:53:30

    Like Dwight I’m pleased to be reminded of the Dirty Dust. Nice list as ever Stu.


  10. Caroline
    Jan 06, 2017 @ 14:34:44

    I’m very interested in Panorma but there are quite a few other interesting titles on your list.


  11. TinderellaAnna
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 10:54:27

    Good work. Great reading. Hope you review my book, too, someday. After it’s ready. For now, feedback is welcomed, too. All the best!


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