In Other Words

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri is a beautiful read that explores the relationship between a writer, language and the nature of the self. The book explores the writer's relationship with Italian, a language she had heard and was consumed by when she travelled to Italy as a grad student and her later engagement with …

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Mengele Zoo by Gert Nygårdshaug

Widely regarded to be the best Norwegian book ever written, and recipient of numerous literary awards, it is strange that Mengele Zoo has yet to be published in English. It is the first in a trilogy that continues with Himmelblomsttreets muligheter (The Sky Flower Tree’s Opportunities, 1995) and Afrodites basseng (Aphrodite’s Pool, 2004), both of …

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Fiction v Nonfiction – English Literature’s Made-Up Divide (from The Guardian)

As readers in the English-speaking world debate about the merits of fiction over non-fiction, this distinction does not even exist in several cultures. In this article from The Guardian's website, Richard Lea writes about how Bosnian, Arabic, Gikuyu and other languages label (or don't label) genres. "There’s a mighty canyon that runs down the middle …

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Cathedral of the Sea: Ildefonso Falcones, translated by Nick Caistor

The first chapter of this book felt like a piece of music—flutes gently celebrating the wedding of Bernat Estanyol, a Catalonian farmer, and his bride, the lovely Fransesca. Then the approach of the feudal lord Llorenç de Bellera and his riders brings in a discordant note. Finally, there's a clash of drums and cymbals as …

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