Latest Six Books

Bricks and Mortar, Clemens Meyer (Germany): 2013; translated by Katy Derbyshire, Fitzcarraldo, 2016.

 Wonderful stream of consciousness novel with various characters delivering the narrative about the sex trade in Post-Wall Eastern Germany.      Cardinal , Alex Higley (USA): Tailwinds Press, 2016.

Wonderful stream of consciousness novel with various characters delivering the narrative about the sex trade in Post-Wall Eastern Germany.

 

Cardinal, Alex Higley (USA): Tailwinds Press, 2016.

 Good, straight-forward stories about life in the suburbs of America. The characters are a danger to themselves!

Good, straight-forward stories about life in the suburbs of America. The characters are a danger to themselves!

Professor Andersen's Night, Dag Solstad (Norway): 1996; translated by Agnes Scott Langeland, Vintage Books, 2012.

 A well-educated professor of literature witnesses a murder and keeps it a secret. Good minor thriller with a dose of literary discussion.

A well-educated professor of literature witnesses a murder and keeps it a secret. Good minor thriller with a dose of literary discussion.

Sweet Days of Discipline, Fleur Jaeggy (Switzerland): 1989; translated by Tim Parks, And Other Stories, 2018.

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My follow-up to Jaeggy's latest short story collection. Not as good as that collection but still a decent exploration of growing up and negotiating life's difficulties.

Till Kingdom Come, Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro): 2015; translated by Will Firth, introsbooks, 2015.

 Enjoyable story about a 'lazy, nihilistic, alcoholic from a provincial backwater.' Good and dark fun.

Enjoyable story about a 'lazy, nihilistic, alcoholic from a provincial backwater.' Good and dark fun.

The Coming, Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro): 2011; translated by Will Firth, istrosbooks, 2012.

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Many of the same themes and characters as in Till Kingdom Come but not quite as good.