February 2020 Wrap-Up

After January’s glut of Japanese reading, February was a more varied month, with a nice mix of review copies, rereads and the start of a lengthy reading project that will probably take the first half of the year to complete.  Of course, I also had one eye on an upcoming event, even if I’m taking a more relaxed view of affairs this year.  More on that at the end of the post – let’s look back first at the month that was…

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Total Books Read: 10
Year-to-Date: 27

New: 5
Rereads: 5

From the Shelves: 4
Review Copies: 4
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 1 (0 review copies)

Novels: 6
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 2
Non-Fiction: 1
Plays: 1

Non-English Language: 9
(4 Korean, 2 Spanish, Japanese, German, French)
In Original Language: 1 (German)

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Books Reviewed in February were:
1) Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah
2) Left’s Right Right’s Left by Han Yoojoo
3) Kong’s Garden by Hwang Jungeun
4) Die Vertreibung aus dem Paradies (Expulsion from Paradise) by Peter Stamm
5) Optic Nerve by María Gainza
6) Border Districts by Gerald Murnane
7) The Chronicles of Lord Asunaro by Kanji Hanawa
8) Older Brother by Daniel Mella

Tony’s Turkey for February is: Nothing

All good here in February – I wonder if the next couple of months will bring some wild turkeys out of the undergrowth…

Tony’s Recommendation for February is:
Gerald Murnane’s Border Districts

There were several contenders this month, including Daniel Mella’s excellent autofictional work and the latest slice of confusing, dreamlike fiction from Bae Suah.  However, Border Districts is a book that stayed with me long after I’d finished reading it, prompting me to knock off a 2000-word review, and if that’s not the sign of a monthly champion, I don’t know what is 😉

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Well, having discussed February’s reading and reviewing, it’s time to look ahead to March, and that (of course) will be dominated by the recently announced International Booker Prize longlist.  I’ve taken a step back from organising the Shadow Panel this year, but there still is one, and I look forward to hearing what they have to say.

Never fear, though – I’m still planning to read as many of the longlisted titles as I can, albeit at a slightly more relaxed pace, so look forward to some of those reviews over the next few months.  I wonder, though, whether any of the selected titles will take me in the direction of a new favourite writer.  We’ll just have to wait and see…

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