2013 Reviews

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130) Deep River by Shusaku Endo
129) hardboiled \ hard luck by Banana Yoshimoto
128) Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
127) The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
126) Modern Japanese Stories – An Anthology by Ivan Morris (ed.)
125) The Frontier Within by Kobo Abe
124) Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
123) Blinding (Part One) by Mircea Cărtărescu
122) The Devil’s Workshop by Jáchym Topol
121) Brief Loves that Live Forever by Andreï Makine
120) Beauty on Earth by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz
119) Uppsala Woods by Álvaro Colomer
118) The Inflatable Buddha by András Kepes
117) The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira
116) The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (link is to 2010 review)
115) The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira
114) Leonardos Hände (Leonardo’s Hands) by Alois Hotschnig
113) Professor Unrat (The Blue Angel) by Heinrich Mann (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
112) Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (link is to 2010 review)
111) Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalie’s Fear at the Penalty Kick) by Peter Handke
110) The American Senator by Anthony Trollope
109) Wir Fliegen (We’re Flying) by Peter Stamm
108) Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather (link is to 2009 review)
107) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (link is to 2009 review)
106) Božena by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
105) Wellen by Eduard von Keyserling
104) Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (link is to 2011 review)
103) My Blood’s Country by Fiona Capp
102) Kusamakura by Natsume Soseki (link is to 2010 review)
101) Was bleibt (What Remains) by Christa Wolf
100) Holzfällen (Woodcutters) by Thomas Berhard
99) Bullfight by Yasushi Inoue
98) Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall
97) Nichts als Gespenster (Nothing but Ghosts) by Judith Hermann
96) Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (link is to 2009 review)
95) Happy Valley by Patrick White
94) The Swimmers by Joaquín Pérez Azaústre
93) Cocaine by Pitigrilli
92) The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
91) Bariloche by Andrés Neuman
90) Le Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac
89) Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
88) A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard
87) Shades of the Other Shore by Jeffrey Greene
86) Ballade Nocturne by Gao Xingjian
85) High Tide by Inga Ābele
84) The Nihon-ryōiki by Kyōkai
83) The Foxes Come at Night by Cees Nooteboom
82) The Sorrow of Angels by Ján Kalman Stefánsson
81) Open City by Teju Cole 
80) Sommerhaus, später (Summerhouse, Later) by Judith Hermann (link is to 2012 review)
79) From the Fatherland, with Love by Ryu Murakami
78) Under this Terrible Sun by Carlos Busqued
77) Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (link is to 2012 review)
76) The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra by Pedro Mairal
75) Multiples by Adam Thirlwell (ed.)
74) Ghosts by César Aira
73) Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa
72) Days in the History of Silence by Merethe Lindstrøm
71) Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino
70) 70% Acrylic 30% Wool by Viola Di Grado
69) Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
68) In Translation by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky (eds.)
67) All Dogs Are Blue by Rodrigo de Souza Leão
66) The Name of the Flower by Kuniko Mukoda
65) Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain) by Thomas Mann
64) The Aleph (and The Maker) by Jorge Luis Borges
63) An einem Tag wie diesem (On a Day Like This) by Peter Stamm
62) animalinside by László Krasznahorkai
61) Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy by Bernard Turle
60) Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye
59) A Handful of Sand by Marinko Koščec
58) Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño
57) Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
56) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
55) The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
54) Varamo by César Aira
53) The Infatuations by Javier Marías
52) Professor Borges by Jorge Luis Borges
51) Stone upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski
50) The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
49) Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara
48) Milky Way Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa
47) We, the Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino
46) Blindness by José Saramago
45) Sixty-Nine by Ryu Murakami
44) The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
43) American Stories by Nagai Kafu
42) The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
41) Mother Departs by Tadeusz Różewicz
40) Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
39) The Light and The Dark by Mikhail Shishkin
38) A Heart So White by Javier Marías
37) Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryu Murakami
36) Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas (link is to 2012 review)
35) Satantango by László Krasznahorkai
34) Blue Bamboo by Osamu Dazai
33) Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan van Mersbergen (link is to 2011 review)
32) Raised from the Ground by José Samarago
31) The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark
30) Meer der Tusche (Sea of Ink) by Richard Weihe
29) The Cape (and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto) by Kenji Nakagami
28) Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman
27) Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories by Word Awareness (ed.)
26) The Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani
25) The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare
24) In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa
23) Bundu by Chris Barnard
22) Black Bazar by Alain Mabanckou
21) Trieste by Daša Drndić 
20) Silent House by Orhan Pamuk
19) HHhH by Laurent Binet
18) The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker
17) A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard
16) The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
15) White Masks by Elias Khoury
14) Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal
13) The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
12) The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
11) The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim
10) Rustic Baroque by Jiří Hájíček
9) Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin
8) Phantom Lights by Teru Miyamoto
7) Radetzkymarsch (The Radetzky March) by Joseph Roth
6) Shi Cheng – Stories of Urban China by Comma Press
5) The Investigation by Philippe Claudel
4) Das Muschelessen (The Mussel Feast) by Birgit Vanderbeke
3) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2) The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami
1) The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

2 thoughts on “2013 Reviews

  1. Hi Tony, of the books reviewed in 2013 I want to read the following books:
    – Gerbrand Bakker: The detour
    – Mircia Cartarescu: Blinding
    – Elena Ferrante: My brilliant friend
    – Mario Vargas Llosa: Murder in the cathedral
    – Javier Marias: A heart so white
    – Wieslaw Mysliwski: Stone upon stone
    – Jan Kalman Stefansson: Heaven and hell
    – Birgit Vanderbeke: The musselfeast
    Tolstoy’s War and peace is my favorite book of all time. I read it four times in three different Dutch translations. The newest translation contains the most beautiful prose in Dutch I ever read. I have seen 4 movie versions of War and peace on Dvd. The oldest (1956 from memory) is an Hollywood production, nice but too short to do Tolstoy justice. The most important is the version by Sergey Bondartchuk from 1967. The movie does great justice to Tolstoy but is in his own right one of the must-see movies of the 20-th century. There is a BBC-version from 1972. It’s very long and boring. Last there is an Italian mini televisionseries from 2004. It looks great but is not as good as Bondartchuks.
    Greetings, Erik

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    1. Erik – More great choices 🙂 ‘Blinding’ was something very different (still waiting for the rest of the trilogy in English…). One trilogy which is complete, though, is the one which starts with ‘Heaven and Hell’ – you may see the sequels in the 2014 and 2015 reviews (oh, and the Ferrante tetralogy is laos now all out in English!).

      I’ve never seen an adaptation of ‘War and Peace’, but I can imagine it would be interesting – but surely it lends itself to a series, not a movie?

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