Well it’s that time of year when people start putting across the best of list .I have decided to do my best of year ,given the focus of the blog it is going be just translations ,I will not I have read The luminaries and lowland both on a lot of best of list I liked both but haven’t got round to reviewing them yet ,so I’m not mentioning them .As for other books in English not translated my favourite by far is The boy from Aleppo who painted the war by Sumia Sukkar the first I ve read around the current Syrian conflict .So to the top ten of 2013 .
The mirror of beauty by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
I reviewed this yesterday as I want it fresh in people’s memorey the rest of the list is books I have loved but by far this is my book of the year .An epic following the mother of a well-known Urdu poet in 19th century India and actually in an update to my previous review due out in the UK may 2014 .
The son by Andrej Nikolaidis
A son wander around the port town of Ulcinj and thinks about his father and the history of this town .Andrej shared his love of my next book in the list and its influence on this book .
The loser by Thomas Bernhard
Glenn Gould in Vienna blows away two music students and we see the aftermath of a touch with a Genius on two people’s lives .
Ten by Andrej Lingo
A short story collection based round the ten Commandments ,around the dark underbelly of the city of Naples .This also reignited a real love of short stories in me ,more about that at a future date .
Mother departs by Tadeusz Różewicz
A son looking back on his mother ,growing up ,world war two and his brother from the foremost living Polish poet .A wonderful mix of prose and poems .
My fathers ghost is climbing in the rain by Patricio Pron
Certainly if i had a side prize for the best title of the year this book would easily walk off with it .A son returns to Argentina and discovers more about his father than he thought .
A man in love by Karl Ove Knausgaard
I love the first part of this collection and had hopes it would carry on and was surprised part two was even better Karl now with kids and a struggling writer in the fictionalized version of his life ,can’t wait for part three next year .
Brief loves that live forever by Andrei Makine
I have loved his other books a glimpse at soviet summers of the past and fleeting romance and lives .Makine back on form here .
The parrots by FlippoBologna
A gem of a book about writers and a book prize we meet three unnamed writers at three stages in the career as they wait to see if they have won the big book prize .
Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli
A collection of non fiction writing from the wonderful Mexican writer mainly on the journey of discovery like looking for a grave in Venice .