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 🙂

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)

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…).

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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