Winston’s Library raid









I fetched a few books from the library yesterday. Her they are first off an epic I had to pick up off the shelf as it was a former IFFP winner Omega Minor by Paul Verhaeghen is Ponders dark matter studies and world war tow with one of those wandering epics I hope to get it read but just amazed to find a Dalkey archive at the local library.









Next up is another favourite writer Emmanuel Carrere has been on the blog before and I was grabbed by this as it uses the story of luke to mirror the writers own life in a way, he is such a clever writer Carrere he could pull this off.









One other thing I do want to do this year is adding a few more books from Africa and Cassava republic have published this Nigerian novel that is a coming of age tale in Northern Nigeria against a backdrop of extreme religion and politics.









Another great writer and one I have reviewed four times before on the blog Manuel Rivas. Jonathan Dunne his translator has his own site on the origins of words which is worth reading Stones of Ithaca  .He has also published the other Rivas books small station books.









This Bassani has been on my list for a while so pleased to get a copy at the library doctors secret gay life in 1930’s Italy is brought into the open and a touch of antisemitism into the mix.









A French classic reminds me that I have the French art of war to finish this book focus on one period also covers in that book the `1958 French Algerian conflict.

What have you got from the library recently?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 18:44:59

    Nice haul Stu – I just reserved an Iris Murdoch to have another try reading her. I didn’t get on so well first time round!


  2. Lisa Hill
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 20:02:55

    New release translated fiction at your library, that is the sign of a good library. My library has started offering more of it lately too, and the interesting thing is that they are displaying it so that I find it. After all, if it were just on the shelves how would I know it was there, amongst the others? But someone who knows what he/she is doing puts them face out on the display shelving at the top of the stacks, and they include them in their themed displays as well.


  3. MarinaSofia
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 21:45:38

    That should keep you busy for a while – I am a bit envious of your library!


  4. TravellinPenguin
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 22:19:23

    I have several books on hold at our library but they haven’t come in yet. Our library is getting a new ceiling on one of the floors so it will be chaos while that construction goes on. I will post up books when they do come in.


  5. BookerTalk
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 06:08:20

    You are so fortunate Stu to have a library that offers newly released books in translation. Is it a university library or one funded by the council? Those in the latter category are getting more rare now in the UK.


  6. Richard
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 20:51:22

    Happy New Year, Stu! Just wanted to note that while that Lartéguy novel about Algeria is great, it’s meant to be read as a follow-up to his even better novel “The Centurions” which was published the year before. The novels should be read in sequence if at all possible for maximum enjoyment. Anyway, hope you have fun with your book plunder!


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