March 2020 Wrap-Up

When not casting a wary eye over (scary) news from the outside world, I’ve spent most of March with books from the 2020 International Booker Prize longlist, and at time of writing, I’ve finished eight of the thirteen included titles and reviewed six of them (with four reviews having appeared already).  However, last week I decided to take a Booker break, ‘treating’ you instead to the latest of my translation efforts, another short piece by Eduard Graf von Keyserling, so if you missed that, please check it out.  I also ventured into fiction, of sorts, with a short story about exercise in the time of Coronavirus, a slightly less cheerful piece…

I’ll be continuing with the Booker reading next month, as well as taking a short break for something different, but let’s leave that for now – as always, the stats are waiting 🙂

Total Books Read: 10
Year-to-Date: 37

New: 9
Rereads: 1

From the Shelves: 1
Review Copies: 4
From the Library: 5
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 9
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 0
Non-Fiction: 1

Non-English Language: 10
(2 German, 2 Spanish, 2 Italian, Afrikaans, Japanese, French, Persian)
In Original Language: 1 (Spanish)

Books Reviewed in March were:

1) The Catcher in the Loft by Ch’ŏn Un-yŏng
2) The Art of the Fall by Véronique Côté et al.
3) Red Dog by Willem Anker
4) Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann
5) Mac & His Problem by Enrique Vila-Matas
6) The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
7) ‘Nachbarn'(‘Neighbours’) by Eduard Graf von Keyserling

Tony’s Turkey for March is: Nothing

Another month without a turkey stinking up the joint, but I’ll prepare you now – we’ll definitely have one next month…

Tony’s Recommendation for March is:
Yōko Ogawa’s The Memory Police

While there were several good reads this month, with Ch’ŏn’s story of a police torturer on the run an impressive find, in truth, there was no real competition.  After eight IBP longlist reads, Ogawa’s clever novel, looking at the tyranny of totalitarian states and mental disintegration, was easily the best book of this month’s collection, and it has a good chance of doing well in the IBP, too.

Looking ahead to April, I suspect that I may have a fair amount of time on my hands, so I’ll be hoping to have finished reading (and possibly reviewing) the rest of the Booker titles by the time the next monthly wrap-up rolls along – provided, of course, that I manage to get my hands on all of them.  However, I also have plans for another interlude, with a week of posts looking at works by a certain well-known writer.  Intrigued?  Well, you know where to come… 😉

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