2021 Reviews

This is a list of my 2021 reviews: click on the link to read the post 🙂
Reviews marked with asterisks are my recommendations each month.
Correct up to: 24/10/21

October
104) Occupation by Julián Fuks
103) Whisper by Chang Yu-Ko
102) Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun
101) The Perfect Nine by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
100) One Man’s Bible by Gao Xingjian
99) There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura
98) The Dawn of Language by Svrerker Johansson

September
97) The Antarctica of Love by Sara Stridsberg
96) Skydragon 3: Ride the Wind by Anh Do
95) The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
94) *A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse*
93) Eight Dogs or Hakkenden: Part One – An Ill-Considered Jest by Kyokutei Bakin
92) Monkey Man by Takuji Ichikawa
91) To See Out the Night by David Clerson
90) The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
89) Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro
88) Faraway by Lo Yi-Chin
87) The Magician by ColmTóibín
86) The E-Boy Series by Anh Do

August – Women in Translation Month
85) The Hole by Hiroko Oyamada
84) The Twilight Years by Sawako Ariyoshi
83) Woman Running in the Mountains by Yūko Tsushima
82) *Requiem by Shizuko Gō*
81) A Proximate Remove by Reginald Jackson
80) Glimpses of Genji through the Looking-Glass of Language by Charles De Wolf
79) The Tale of Genji – The McCullough Genji
78) The Tale of Genji – The Washburn Genji
77) The Tale of Genji – The Tyler Genji
76) The Tale of Genji – The Seidensticker Genji
75) The Tale of Genji – The Waley Genji
74) The Tale of Genji – The Suematsu Genji
73) In the Shelter of the Pine by Ōgimachi Machiko
72) Days & Nights by Fumiko Hayashi
71) Pow Pow Pig: An Unexpected Hero by Anh Do

July
70) Violeta among the Stars by Dulce Maria Cardoso
69) Dead Girls by Selva Almada
68) Granta 155: The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists 2, ed. Valerie Miles
67) Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París
66) Rise of the Mythix by Anh Do
65) Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung
64) Meine Preise (My Prizes) by Thomas Bernhard
63) Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki
62) *Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin*
61) Wolf Girl 5 by Anh Do

June
60) What is Korean Literature? by Youngmin Kwon and Bruce Fulton
59) Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea by Ksenia Chizhova
58) Almond by Won-Pyung Sohn
57) *Yesterday by Juan Emar*
56) A Musical Offering by Luis Sagasti
55) Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
54) Flummox: How to Make a Pet Monster 2 by Lili Wilkinson
53) The Union of Synchronised Swimmers by Cristina Sandu
52) The Woman Next Door by Kuniko Mukōda

May
51) Sky Dragon 2: Fly Free by Anh Do
50) The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez
49) *Nostalgia by Mircea Cărtărescu*
48) Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
47) An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky
46) When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut
45) Pawcasso by Remy Lai
44) To the Warm Horizon by Choi jin-young
43) Things Remembered and Things Forgotten by Kyōko Nakajima
42) Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal
41) The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard
40) I Live in the Slums by Can Xue

April
39) Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien
38) Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
37) Summer Brother by Jaap Robben
36) At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop
35) Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý
34) The Employees by Olga Ravn
33) Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
32) *Swallowed by Réjean Ducharme*
31) The Woman in Valencia by Annie Perreault

March
30) Tower by Bae Myung-hoon
29) Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
Review and Translation Slam
28) Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba
27) In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova
26) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
25) *An I-Novel by Minae Mizumura*
24) Touring the Land of the Dead by Maki Kashimada
23) Zabor or the Psalms by Kamel Daoud
22) Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren

February
21) Gulliver’s Voyage to Phantomimia by Volter Kilpi
20) Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
19) Ein Held der inneren Sicherheit (A Hero of Internal Security) by F.C. Delius
18) Cabo de Gata by Eugen Ruge
17) Farabeuf by Salvador Elizondo
16) My Brilliant Life by Kim Ae-ran
15) The Korean Vernacular Story by Si Nae Park
14) Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
13) *Barley Patch by Gerald Murnane*
12) The Faces by Tove Ditlevsen

January – January in Japan
11) Downfall and Other Stories / Days & Nights by Fumiko Hayashi
10) Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
9) Gold Mask by Edogawa Rampo
8) Kiku’s Prayer by Shūsaku Endō
7) The Passenger: Japan
6) The Frolic of the Beasts by Yukio Mishima
5) *The Nobility of Failure by Ivan Morris*
4) Astral Season, Beastly Season by Tahi Saihate
3) The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Bashō
2) The Doctor’s Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi
1) First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata