30 covers for #WITMONTH A swedish one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I choose a novel today I reviewed here. I move from the African slave trade to a cold novel set in Sweden. This  Karolina Ramqvist novel sees  Karin as her world falls apart after the death of her Ganagster where she sees her friends disappear and her life take a new turn as she loses everything. Did you read this at the time ?

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30 covers for #WITMONTH a Cameroonian seagull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a fan of Seagull books for a couple of years and have slowly been buying their titles. Here is one from the African series. This is a powerful novel about the start of the transatlantic slave trade. From a prize-winning Cameroonian writer Lenora Miano . Have you read her or tried and Seagull books?

 

 

 

 

The last days of el Comandante by Alberto Barrera Tyszka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last day of el Comandante by Alberto Barrera Tsyzka

Venezuelan fiction

Original title –  Patria o muerte

Translators – Rosalind Harvey and Jessie Mendez Sayer

Source – review copy

Now back to Spanish lit month and here I have a second book from Alberto Barrera Tyszka. I reviewed the Sickness when it was on the IFFP list. That was eight years ago so this last book that follows the time running up to the death of Hugo Chavez from a main character and those around him, Tyszka wrote Chavez’s  biography he is influenced by writers such as Dostoyevski, Dumas, Stevenson, and Chekov as well as Salvador Garmendia and Jose Ignacio Cabrujus two of the greatest Venezuelan writers of recent years.

“I wouldn’t be surorised if it was all lies,” Beatriz muttered “Something the cubans made up to distract us.”

Sanabria wathced in silence.

Chavez looked thin and pale. He was on his feet behind the podium, and , oddly he was reading out a written text instead of improvising in front of the camera, It was unheard of for this man, so fond of speaking for hours in fromt of any audience, to restrict himself to a few word, suddenly held hostage by a small piece of paper.

I loved that last line of being held hosatge by a piece of paper this man that could talk for hours starting to look unwell !

The main character in the book is a retired Oncologist Miguela Sanabria he is sort of a middling figure neither anti or pro Chavez but given his previous profession, his opinion is sort by both sides. His wife is very anti-Chavez in her views. He is contacted by his brother a pro-Chavez then his Nephew Vladimir who is high up in the regime who has hold of a mobile that has the truth about how bad the president is a recording whilst Chavez had surgery. Outside all this Miguel is asked by a mysterious Cuban to become chairman of the condominium they live in. Their neighbor Fredy is writing about Chavez but is offered a fresh angle on this book. When he is given a chance to see some medical reports. that means he will have to leave alone without his family for the US. THen There is Young Maria being homeschooled by her mother  Cecilla who is stuck in the apartment as she is scared of the outside world. So Maria turns to Chat rooms after Cecilla has the internet installed to keep the little girl in touch with the outside world. She talks to Fedy son Rodrigo on these chat rooms they offer a different view on the world around . them. This is a snapshot of Middle-class lives in Venezuela as the life of Chavez hung in the Balance.

“The problem isn’t your neighbours. The problem is you” This was the brother’s response to his various sorrows. Miguel had gone to visit him and told him about everything that was going on in  his building. From Antonio’s point of view, letting the boy into his house had been his first mistake.

“What was I supposed to do? The husband’s awat, their family lives in Maturin, and she was standing ther, crying, totally overwheklmed.”

As Miguel lets a neighbour in his house afterthe husnband has left his brother thinks he is making a mistake ?

Tyszka has a sideline like a lot of Latin American writers have as a soap writer and this is like that a slice of everyday life capturing the effects of the end of Chavez when he was dying of characters using a group of characters connected by family or location. Middle class but all struggling Miguel walking a fine line between his family members but at a point knowing things are worse than they are being told. Fredy a journalist given a chance and his son chatting with a fellow youngster in the building a new face of Venezuela in the chat rooms. A powerful work on everyday lives of those caught up in the last days showing how entwined we all are.  As the death of the great leader looms on the horizon. Like a soap opera, it mixes News and Melodrama and some outrages bits. Hae you read Tyszka?

 

30 covers for #WITMONTH A Brazilian epic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this cover it seems to so evoke the region. This Brazilian novel follows a family as they moved from Galicia in Spain to Brazil. It comes from the writers own family history. Have you any cover that really evokes the region the book that was written in?

30 covers for #WITMONTH The female member of OULIPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michele Audin is the only female of the OULIPO group of writers. Deep Vellum the publisher has brought some interesting books out in recent years this is a perfect example a wonderfully layered novel that maybe has maths and mathematicians at its heart she is herself a maths Teacher.

30 covers for #WITMONTH a french modern classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I move to France on one of the great French female writers from post war France. Set in Russia in what is now Lativa a woman and the men that are trying to impress her. All that on the surface as Yourcenar puts a lot of things under the surface in her characters. Here is my review 

30 covers for #WITMONTH A modern Pole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do love the feel of Archipelago books they are such nice book printed on lovely paper and with great cover art. Set in a small fictional town a sort of polish magical realism with dark happenings and humour in places. Tulli has been on the Polish equivalent of the booker prize on a number of occasions. My review

30 covers for #WITMONTH A true original

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really love this wacky cover for a female member of the group of 47 those post-war writers in Germany that shaped german lit for many years her son made a film of her life a few years ago. I reviewed this book a Last years German lit month. Have you read her books or seen the film of her life at all?

Thirty women for wit month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A collection of covers from female writers some I’ve read other I haven’t here is a writer I’ve read but not this book by Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen . A fantasy tale about a woman with magic hair.

Five for woman in translation month

Stones in a landslide by Maria Barbel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have chosen to do a list of five  books for the woman in Translation month. I have long held this up as the best book I have read from Peirene press for me it captures a microcosm of a world through the eyes of a Conxa a young girl that until she was thirteen knew just the village she grew up in the Pyrenees to move to a bigger village. I would recommend  Peirene books to everyone and they have published a number of great books by women in translation including Mussel feast and The blue room as two other to try. Here is my review of Stones in a landslide .

The white book by Han Kang

 

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I loved this book when I read it as I was just getting over the greif of losing my mother and found this collection of Vignettes by Han Kang that wrote her own mother lost a child before she was born and she reflects on how grief is treated in Korea. The rice moon cake child she lost I was touched by that image. If you had read this I would point you in the way of Deborah smiths press she translated this book and started Tilted Axis publishing female writers from Asia.

The tongue’s blood does not run dry by Assia Djebar

 

 

I picked this as she was considered to be a Nobel worthy winner before she passed away a few years ago Assia Djebar was the first writer of Maghreb origin to sit on the French academy. This was a collection of stories and a long novella the later dealt with a woman that was dying and all had a female perspective on the modern Arab world. I will be reviewing soon three books from Nawal El Saadawi that Saqi books have recently reissued.

Trieste by Dasa Drndric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A powerful tale by another great writer and one I was lucky enough to have met Dasa has a number of books now available in English this was the first to be translated and had the harrowing list of every Italian Jew that died in the second world war. I would also point you towards to more books from that region Farewell cowboy and Hah both from the great Istros books.

The Passport by Herta Muller

 

I read this early on in my blogging Career as it blew my mind with her descriptive skills and imagery it follows Windisch as he attempts to get a passport as a German in a small enclave in Romania. Two other great German books from Women I have read in the last year are The giant Dwarfs and River 

I will be publishing Five more next month from the many female’s writers I have read in the last ten years.

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