That was the month that was August 2019

  1. A nail and a rose by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
  2. Doppelganger by Dasa Drndric
  3. And the wind sees by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson 
  4. Scar by Sara Mesa
  5. The last days of el Comandante by Alberto Barrera Tyszka
  6. Transfer window by Maria Gerhardt
  7. Shadows on the tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė
  8. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Mrquez

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Any ont that has read the blog the last few years won’t be surprised that I have chosen this collection of two short stories by the late great Dasa Drndic. A writer I was lucky to meet and admire more after meeting her and seeing her view of the world which was similar to mine. I still have her last novel, for now, to hope we see more of her earlier books in English.

Last month

I managed to review eight books on the blog from eight countries from seven publishers a mix for Women in translation month and Spanish lit month. I also did thirty covers from women in translation from all around the world past and present. My reading took me from Belgian housewife in the inter-war years, two stories with mirroring themes one a doomer love affair between an older couple. Then two stories one capturing a second in Iceland as a woman in dotty dress cycles by and then a warped internet love affair. Then death from the last years of the late Venezuelan l,eader Hugo Chavez after that I had a story from a woman in the futuristic hospice than the last two books a lost tale of a woman’s Gulag years and a family saga set in Macondo in the Jungle in Columbia.  An interesting month

Non-book events well I have been listening to the debut album by the punk band Black midi another new band for this year my end of year record review for this year will be interesting as caught many new bands this year

 

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