I’m back Where to go now oh and a few new books !!

I am returning to reviewing tomorrow after nearly three weeks away, I’m rested up but also thinking of what my blog means to me. It has open so many doors over the years that I wouldn’t have opened without this blog. I have met so many people. That I had in a way become lazy about what I wanted and that is to make this the place for translated fiction and this means I have to maybe be more critical when I am reviewing books. I was listening to an open book about Literary criticism  . It made me think yes I love Translated fiction and in a way, for many years I have been the cheerleader for this cause. But after nearly 800 books I feel I need to guide and let people know more of what I think of books I had started this in small ways recently with a Llosa review that I was a little less cheerleader and more objective as I felt readers be better with other books by him to read first! I view this blog and my position as a gatekeeper of translated books but also translators and the publishers the whole team that gets the books out there. I have my own goals for the blog the first is the 1000 review mark.Also, the 100 German books mark to reach and of course the hunt for new countries and publishers is an ongoing quest. For me this is my hobby and passion a way to get cnnect to fellow lovers of translated fiction and spreading the love for world literature. I hope to spread the love but also be a beacon to the new readers by guiding them to what to read. I needed a break after nine years just put the blog in standby and stick the charger on well it charged quicker than expect and with an Epic autumn due of long books. Including the Jan Brandt Against the world a novel that references german from the 70’s to the present day.  I got today.










Which arrived with French Poets Philippe Jacottet Obscurity his only novel. Tip Marugg a Curacao writer a book that sees a man watching the day dawning and uses a magic realism style. Werner Kofer an Austrian writer compared to Bernhard for his use of Satire. Noemi Jaffe memoir follows the journey she took with her daughter to Auschwitz following in her mother footsteps.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 18:14:00

    Welcome back Stu – glad you’re revitalised! And some nice new books – I’ve read The Roar of Morning – very interesting! 🙂


  2. Lisa Hill
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 23:34:21

    Yay, you’re back! I was starting to really miss you!!


  3. Jonathan
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 23:43:02

    Welcome back Stu.


  4. Michael @ Knowledge Lost
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 01:36:18

    Welcome back. I don’t know about the rest of the people but I’m not looking for a cheerleader for translations, I want to see honest opinions


  5. kimbofo
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 18:30:00

    Welcome back. Glad you had a good break & are feeling more energised. Looking forward to seeing what you review in the weeks/months/years to follow.


  6. Cathy746books
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 19:58:05

    Welcome back – sometimes it’s good to take a breather and take stock.


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