April 2016 Wrap-Up

April saw lots happening in the world of fiction in translation.  The Man Booker 2b3a5-aprilInternational Prize, the Best Translated Book Award and the International Dublin Literary Award all announced their shortlists (each of which raised a few eyebrows…).  Busy times are ahead for the respective juries, but having finished all my MBIP Shadow Panel reading, I can relax a little more now, with just a bit of rereading and some light, civilised discussion on the agenda before we need to discuss our winner🙂

In the meantime, the reading and reviewing just keeps on keeping on – let’s see what happened last month, in words and numbers🙂

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Total Books Read: 17
Year-to-Date: 62

New: 12
Rereads: 5

From the Shelves: 4
Review Copies: 6
From the Library: 3
On the Kindle: 6 (4 review copies)

Novels: 8
Novellas: 4
Short Stories: 4
Non-Fiction: 0
Poetry: 1

Non-English Language: 15
(5 Spanish, 5 Korean, Turkish, German, Swedish, Indonesian, Norwegian)
In Original Language: 1 (German)

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Books Reviewed in April were:
1) Weit über das Land (Far across the Land) by Peter Stamm
2) Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
3) A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
4) Ein ganzes Leben / A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
5) On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration
6) Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare
7) Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard
8) The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård

Tony’s Turkey for April is: Nothing

Nothing to see here – please come back next month🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for April is:
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Some Rain Must Fall

In all honesty, I’d say this was a pretty ordinary month in terms of what I reviewed, with nothing here really likely to feature in my annual awards.  However, much as I can struggle with NDiaye’s work, Ladivine is undeniably an excellent novel (even if the official MBIP judges somehow managed to miss that fact…).  Hold the press – Knausi’s latest tale of woe really hit the spot, and having rushed the review forward, I’ve decided that it’s worthy of top spot for this month (apologies to Ms. NDiaye…).

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May will see winners announced on both sides of the Atlantic (here’s hoping the judges choose something exciting and not a compromise…), but for me it will mostly be a month of hard work (at my day job), so don’t expect too many wonders here on the blog.  Still, I might have time for a surprise or too, so don’t go too far away🙂

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