Category Archive: women

A BILINGUAL NOTICE: ‘Suite for Barbara Loden’ by Nathalie Léger, translated by Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon

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Nathalie Léger, Suite for Barbara Loden, translated by Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon (Les Fugitives, 2015) By Delaina Haslam It is months, and months, and months since my editor asked me to do… Continue reading

INTENSE MOMENTS WITH STRANGERS: ‘The Spit, the Sound and the Nest’ by Kathrine Sowerby

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Kathrine Sowerby, The Spit, the Sound and the Nest (Vagabond Voices, 2017) By Sarah Spence When Felix in Kathrine Sowerby’s The Spit, the Sound and the Nest asks Rita if “it’s wrong to leave… Continue reading

GERMAN HISTORY IN FICTION 2: A Conversation with Douglas Irving

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Translator and literary scholar Anne Stokes met Douglas Irving to talk about his translation of Anna Seghers’ short novel Crossing: A Love Story (Überfahrt), which appeared in East Germany in 1971 and was… Continue reading

EIBF 2017: An Interview with Ever Dundas

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 12th–28th August 2017 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The event with Ever Dundas and… Continue reading

“BLESSED IS HE WHO LEAVES”: Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Flights’, translated by Jennifer Croft

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Olga Tokarczuk, Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) by Marta Dziurosz I first saw Fitzcarraldo’s English edition of Flights (and its strikingly blue, minimalistic cover) a good while before its official publication date,… Continue reading

STORIES FROM THE MIND’S EYE: Camilla Grudova’s ‘The Doll’s Alphabet’

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Camilla Grudova, The Doll’s Alphabet (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Naomi Richards The Doll’s Alphabet is a startling debut collection of short stories by Canadian writer Camilla Grudova. The stories are beautiful, disturbing and… Continue reading

MATERIALITY IN AND AFTER DEATH: ‘Bella mia’ by Donatella di Pietrantonio, trans. Franca Scurti Simpson

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Donatella di Pietrantonio, Bella mia, translated by Franca Scurti Simpson (Calisi Press, 2016) By Liliya Aleksandrova Some years ago, when I was back in the Northwest of Bulgaria for a few months in… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Catriona Knapman

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Anthony Marra A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth) I rarely like a novel as much as I enjoyed A Constellation. I read it when I was sick, I had lost my voice, had a fever… Continue reading

CRICKET AND CHAPATTIS – A SHORT STORY BY SRISHTI CHAUDHARY

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Preeti never minded the work. Like the other girls, she too had three brothers, a father who was ageing rapidly and people who were always over on ‘business’, or to watch a game… Continue reading

A CONVERSATION WITH MARGOT LIVESEY, AUTHOR OF ‘MERCURY’

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Margot Livesey Mercury (Harper, 2016) by Anne Kniggendorf (author image Tony Rinaldi) Studying logic at the University of York made a deep impression on Scottish novelist Margot Livesey. “Oneof the developments in logic was the… Continue reading

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