July 2020 Wrap-Up

During my last monthly wrap-up post, I joked about being in self-imposed lockdown, but unfortunately July sees us in the middle of the real thing.  A few weeks back, the Premier announced six weeks of restrictions here in Melbourne, which means that we’re only supposed to leave the house for essential work, food shopping, care-giving or medical appointments.  How does this affect me?  Well, to tell the truth, not much, although home-schooling my daughters does take up a bit of my day…

Even with the kids around, though, I’ve still managed to get some reading and reviewing done, also finding the time to rehouse another of my wayward external pieces, this time looking at Antonio Tabucchi’s Tristano Dies (translated by Elizabeth Harris), a 2015 review that appeared over at Necessary Fiction.  However, there are far more recent reviews than that to enjoy, so let’s take a look at what appeared on the blog last month – oh, and we mustn’t forget the stats 😉

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Total Books Read: 13
Year-to-Date: 84

New: 10
Rereads: 3

From the Shelves: 6
Review Copies: 7
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 1 (1 review copy)

Novels: 10
Novellas: 1
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 1

Non-English Language: 12
(3 Japanese, 3 French, 2 German, 2 Spanish, Italian, Korean)
In Original Language: 2 (2 German)

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Books Reviewed in July were:

1) Wolf Girl 3 by Anh Do
2) The Electric Baths by Jean-Michel Fortier
3) Vernon Subutex 3 by Virgine Despentes
4) Die Kunde von den Bäumen (The Tidings of the Trees) by Wolfgang Hilbig
5) Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz
6) Fracture by Andrés Neuman
7) Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Morandini
8) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Tony’s Turkey for June is: Nothing

Another fine month – no turkeys here 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for July is:
Wolfgang Hilbig’s Die Kunde von den Bäumen

Among another set of quality books reviewed last month, a lot of big names missed out on the monthly prize, with Despentes and Mitchell not even in the top two.  I was tempted to go for Andrés Neuman’s fragmented story of a man grappling with past and present, but in the end (surprisingly, perhaps) I opted against the epic and went with the slender instead.  I’ve enjoyed all of the novellas in the book I bought from Wolfgang Hilbig’s collected works, and Die Kunde von den Bäumen is a beautiful little story I’d urge you all to try 🙂

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It’s now August , and as most of you will be well aware, that means it’s #WITMonth (AKA Women in Translation Month)!  The brainchild of Meytal Radzinski over at the Biblibio blog, the event has grown enormously since its inception, becoming one of the more prominent events of the blogging year.  Having taken part since the inaugural edition, I’ll be looking at some more great books in translation by female authors this time around – how many depends on whether the postal service gets its act together…  In any case, I’ve got a few books stored up for the occasion, so come back next week to see how the month kicks off at the blog 😉

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