Category Archive: contemporary fiction

Even More Mad: Ariana Harwicz, ‘Feebleminded’, translated by Carolina Orloff and Annie McDermott

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‘An Evening with Ariana Harwicz’ took place at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on 26th April 2019. The discussion was chaired by translator Daniel Hahn, and featured translator and Charco Press editor Carolina Orloff.… Continue reading

The Mundane Goes Weird: ‘Live Show: Drink Included’ by Vicky Grut

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Vicky Grut, Live Show: Drink Included (Holland Park Press, 2018) By Lynnda Wardle “Perhaps it sounds uncaring” says one of the characters in Vicky Grut’s fine debut collection Live Show: Drink Included, “but… Continue reading

PARTIAL SYMMETRIES: Norah Lange’s ‘People in the Room’ and Carla Maliandi’s ‘The German Room’

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Norah Lange, People in the Room, translated by Charlotte Whittle (And Other Stories, 2018) Carla Maliandi, The German Room, translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press, 2018) By Rebecca DeWald “Reality is partial to… Continue reading

FALLING FOR THE ORIENT ALL OVER AGAIN: Mathias Enard’s ‘Compass’

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Mathias Enard, Compass, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Defne Çizakça Compass, which won the Prix Goncourt in 2015, is the story of Franz Ritter, a Viennese musicologist suffering from a mysterious… Continue reading

OLD ECCENTRICS. PATHETIC HIPPIES: Subversion and Ecology in Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’

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Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Marta Dziurosz Olga Tokarczuk is a prophetess – a semi-serious suggestion to that effect was… Continue reading

AESTHETICS OF THE CREPUSCULAR: Esther Kinsky’s ‘River’, trans. by Iain Galbraith

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Esther Kinsky, River, trans. by Iain Galbraith (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Daniel Davis Wood Only a few pages into Esther Kinsky’s River, I began to anticipate a very particular word. Sure enough, fifty or… Continue reading

EIBF 2018: LENDING A VOICE: Translated Literature and Migration

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 11th–27th August 2018 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The events ‘Michael Hoffmann on Translation’, ‘Juan… Continue reading

NO HONOURABLE GODDAMN STEREOTYPES HERE: ‘An Ounce of Practice’ by Leo Zeilig

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Leo Zeilig, An Ounce of Practice (Hope Road Publishing, 2017) By Lynnda Wardle An Ounce of Practice by Leo Zeilig is a hugely enjoyable, ambitious bildungsroman following the life and loves of left-wing… Continue reading

CHARCO PRESS: Making Waves with Writers from Across the Pond

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Ariana Harwicz, Die, My Love, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Charco Press, 2017) Luis Sagasti, Fireflies, translated by Fionn Petch (Charco Press, 2017) Margarita García Robayo, Fish Soup, translated by Charlotte… Continue reading

A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE: ‘Conradology,’ edited by Becky Harrison and Magda Raczynska

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Conradology, edited by Becky Harrison & Magda Raczyńska (Comma Press, 2017) By A.M. Bakalar Celebrating the 160th birthday anniversary of Joseph Conrad, the Polish Parliament declared the year 2017 as The Year of… Continue reading