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Archives for January 2008

Andreï Makine: The Woman Who Waited

If the unnamed narrator of Andreï Makine’s The Woman Who Waited (2004) was of the same era as the titular woman he would have been packed up and sent off to war and learnt a bit about the harsh realities… continue reading »

Gilbert Adair: The Dreamers

I‘ve been making it a rule of late that before I see a film I should have read the book, provided it’s available in English and that I know the film is based on a book in the first place.… continue reading »

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2008 – Longlist

It must be a revolving door of opinions at the offices of Arts Council England, as they are either pulling funding from the subsidisation of translation or, in fact, promoting it, as per their literature policy. For today, they have… continue reading »

Gabriel García Márquez: No One Writes To The Colonel

Gabriel García Márquez is one of those authors who I seem to acquire the titles of without actually reading them, partly because I found his most recent release, Memories Of My Melancholy Whores, despite its brevity, to be a rather dull… continue reading »

Jim Crace: Continent

Ever since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road came out, Jim Crace’s tenth novel, The Pesthouse, itself dealing with a future America, has had less attention. But, Picador have recently released his back catalogue in new paperback editions and, since I’d never… continue reading »

Michael Chabon: Gentlemen Of The Road

Looking at the cover of Michael Chabon’s Gentlemen Of The Road (2007) I was reminded of similar volumes consumed in my youth wherein lay the swashbuckling tales of Robin Hood or fragmented accounts of Sinbad’s voyages, often accompanied by black… continue reading »

Richard Matheson: I Am Legend

I grew up with an interest in vampire stories, working my through the likes of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles but, despite forever hearing good things about it, I’d never got around to reading Richard Matheson’s contribution… continue reading »

Philippe Grimbert: Secret

On my regular visits to book shops there has been one book that I’ve picked up on each visit, pondered it awhile, and returned to the shelves. Not because it didn’t interest me, but because other books I picked up… continue reading »

Adolfo Bioy Casares: The Invention Of Morel

Ask me what my favourite film is and I’ll no doubt respond with Last Year In Marienbad (1961), written by Alain Robbe-Grillet and directed by Alain Resnais. Its appeal is that no matter how many times I watch it I… continue reading »

Arthur Miller: Plain Girl

Arthur Miller is better known to me, as I’m sure he is to many students in classrooms today, as the dramatist responsible for such plays as Death Of A Salesman and The Crucible, both of which I have a fond… continue reading »

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