Category Archive: fiction

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

THE SEVENTEEN DAYS – A SHORT STORY BY DARRYL PEERS

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These are the seventeen days and we have been told to count them. I bow my head and notice only the steady drone of engines. I clasp my hands together in front of… Continue reading

CAROUSELS OF PARIS – A SHORT STORY BY KIRSTI WISHART

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It is unlikely the true reason why many of the carousels of Paris turned feral and left the City of Lights for dimmer locales will ever be known. Notoriously, they are the most… 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

THERE’S A JOAB OAN – A SHORT STORY BY CALLUM MCSORLEY

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“Get up, there’s a joab oan!” “Fuck up, let me sleep!” “Sleep!? Yuv bin sleepin aw fuckin day. An am sposed tae be the deed yin?” “Aye, that’s right, ye are, so hows… 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

BRODIE – A SHORT STORY BY LEELA SOMA

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It happened in Chennai in 2015. What was a young lad, Alan Brodie, from Elgin doing in Chennai, India? You might well ask! My journey began months earlier, with a dream of a… 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

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