The Politics of Reading

Sometimes Twitter seems designed to irritate. Courtesy of social media I find myself clicking on links to articles I’d never see, on sites I’d rarely visit, in the normal course of events. It seldom ends well. Usually I keep my opinions to myself but I found this one post particularly frustrating. Because reading a book is not a political act.  At its best it can be … Continue reading The Politics of Reading

Women & Islam in the Middle East: “See With Disbelieving Eyes the Black Luster of Unleashed Hair”

I’m currently in the thick of the novel Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour.  It’s a challenging read. Everything about it feels foreign – the setting, the phrasing, the cultural references. But the author is talented and I’ve a feeling  it will be worth the work. So, while you wait for me to finish, I have two offerings that provide a gateway into … Continue reading Women & Islam in the Middle East: “See With Disbelieving Eyes the Black Luster of Unleashed Hair”

By Title

Note:  Organized alphabetically (by title).  Date in parenthesis signifies year of review, not publication. A Absent One, The – by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by K.E. Semmel (2012) Accabadora – by Michela Murgia/Silvester Mazzarella, translator (2012) Alchemaster’s Apprentice, The – Walter Moers (2009) Ali & Nino – by Kurban Said, translated by Jania Graman (2011) All Dogs Are Blue (ARC)  – by Rodrigo de Souza Leão, translated … Continue reading By Title