Category Archive: fiction

GENDER, TRANSLATION, AND CHASING THE AUTHENTIC VOICE: ‘Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs’ by Lina Wolff, trans. by Frank Perry

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Lina Wolff, Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs, translated by Frank Perry (And Other Stories, 2015) By Dominic Hinde Bret Easton Ellis has become a metonym for a certain type of male… Continue reading

EIBF 2016: REDRESSING IMBALANCES: The Different Faces of Translation

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 13th–29th August 2016 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. The discussions between Charlotte Collins, Deborah Smith, Daniel Hahn… Continue reading

CORRUPTION INCARNATE: Yuri Herrera’s ‘The Transmigration of Bodies’, trans. by Lisa Dillman

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Yuri Herrera, The Transmigration of Bodies, translated by Lisa Dillman (And Other Stories, 2016) By Ailsa Peate Walking through the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool a few weeks ago, I came across a poster featuring a… Continue reading

FORMS OF IMPATIENCE: Vicki Jarrett’s ‘The Way Out’

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Vicky Jarrett, The Way Out (Freight, 2015) By Gerard Lee McKeever Writing about the poor is a dangerous game. It is, perhaps, the most dangerous game in literature. The exploration of disadvantaged social… Continue reading

An Oscillatory System: Pippa Goldschmidt’s ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’

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Pippa Goldschmidt, The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) by Charlotte Morgan Pippa Goldschmidt has been commended for offering in her collection of short stories a unique vision of… Continue reading

VERGING ON THE ABSURD: Ivan Vladislavić’s ‘The Folly’

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Ivan Vladislavić, The Folly (And Other Stories, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle There are only two plots in all of literature: you go on a journey, or the stranger comes to town. (attributed to… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Samuel Tongue

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Sherman Alexie, What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) I have a book-buying addiction. This does not necessarily always translate seamlessly into a book-reading addiction and I continue to worry away… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: R.A. Davis

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Daniel Handler, We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury, 2015) Until quite recently, Daniel Handler was best known as the creator of Lemony Snicket, the fictional narrator and named author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, a sequence… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Laura Waddell

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This year I’ve found myself reading more translation, more books by women, and more from independent publishers. The most significant reading experience I’ve had in 2015 has been Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series translated… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Mark West

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I’m going to cheat ever-so-slightly by choosing not three individual books, but three groupings, because this was a year I was able to read more widely and more voraciously after the narrower, more… Continue reading