That was the month that was july 2018

  1. Skylight by José Saramago
  2. The shape of the ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  3. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato
  4. Op Oloop by Juan Filloy
  5. The Taker by Rubem Fonseca
  6. Sergeant Getulio by Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro
  7. They won’t take me alive by Claribel Alegria
  8. A map drawn by a spy Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I Managed eight books last month all for Spanish and Portuguese lit months. Which I have been running with Richard for a number of years . My month took me around Latin america mainly with two books from Argentina and Brazil. No new countries. One new piublisher Womans press published the Alegria book and it is the first from this press I have read. It means I have read 57 books this year well down on recent years.

Book of the month

Op Olloop by Juan Filloy An older novel from Argentina about a man obsessed with time and routines who’s engagement day goes horribly wrong when his schedules go awry. A witty and unusual book and a perfect example of why I read translated fiction.

Non book discovery

I not featured a film for a while and this Amanda and I watched the other day is about a man that haunts a house till it goes then tries to  end it only to get before the house was built and live it all again little dialogue clever use of music and lingering shots add to an air of a lost soul.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 07:18:20

    A nice month of reading Stu!


  2. Bellezza
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 15:12:59

    Oh, I loved Skylight! I want to reread that, actually, it was such a good book to me. The Tunnel was fascinating, and I have The Shape of Ruins on hold at the library. I have done an abysmal job of Spanish/Portuguese Lit month, and I’m hopeful that I can finish Javier Marias’ Your Face Tomorrow Volume 1 in August.


    • Richard
      Aug 02, 2018 @ 16:37:45

      You’re in store for a treat with that Javier Marías novel, Bellezza! Hope you’re able to make time for it.


      • Bellezza
        Aug 04, 2018 @ 19:00:17

        I have abandoned Umami, and I am absolutely immersed in Fever and Spear. I think that Javier Marias is my favorite Spanish author; everything I’ve read of his is terribly profound. And, interesting! 😉

  3. Richard
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 16:36:05

    I hope to get to that Juan Filloy book one of these days, Stu–thanks so much for putting it on my radar. Hope your August reading is as rewarding as your July reading seemed to be.


  4. Adam @ Roof Beam Reader
    Aug 06, 2018 @ 20:09:37

    What an interesting reading month! I really need to read more world literature (non-western European). I noticed your last couple of posts on women-in-translation month, too, which is another great idea. I (think) I read women writers pretty regular, but I don’t read very much translated literature (except the obvious classics, which tend to be western European!).


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