Spring Crime Spree! – Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro, Miranda France tr.

Title: Betty Boo Author:   Claudia Piñeiro Translator:   Miranda France Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, London (2016) ISBN: 978 1 908524 55 3 2 There are three epigraphs at the beginning of Betty Boo, the highly enjoyable mystery novel (her fourth to be translated into English) by Argentine author Claudia Piñeiro. One is a quote from Ricardo Piglia’s Target In the Night. “The story goes … Continue reading Spring Crime Spree! – Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro, Miranda France tr.

Spring Crime Spree! – Target In The Night by Richard Piglia, Sergio Waisman tr.

Title: Target In the Night Author:   Ricardo Piglia Translator:   Sergio Waisman Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing, Dallas (2015) ISBN: 978 1 941929 16 9 1 When Toni Durán, a handsome Puerto Rican-American, arrives in Madariaga, a small town in the Argentine Pampas, he definitely shakes things up.  He romances the beautiful twin daughters of the richest man in town, befriends the local Chinese waiter, … Continue reading Spring Crime Spree! – Target In The Night by Richard Piglia, Sergio Waisman tr.

The Brotherhood of Book Hunters by Raphaël Jerusalmy, tr. Howard Curtis

Title: The Brotherhood of Book Hunters Author:   Raphaël Jerusalmy Translator:   Howard Curtis Publisher: Europa Editions, New York (2014) ISBN: 978 1 60945 230 8 The eighteenth century romance novel tradition with its lush descriptions of landscapes and settings is  just one of  the many threads Raphaël Jerusalmy weaves into a novel which features the 15th century French poet and rogue Francois Villon, a … Continue reading The Brotherhood of Book Hunters by Raphaël Jerusalmy, tr. Howard Curtis

The Travels of Daniel Ascher by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat, tr. Adriana Hunter

Title:  The Travels of Daniel Ascher Author:  Déborah Lévy-Bertherat Translator:  Adriana Hunter Publisher:  Other Press ISBN:  978 159051707 9 The Travels of Daniel Ascher by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat is a generally inoffensive, if slight, novel brought out just in time for Summer.  According to a Publisher Weekly article, Other Press is marketing the title as a “YA Crossover”, which speaks to the awkward position the book occupies.  The … Continue reading The Travels of Daniel Ascher by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat, tr. Adriana Hunter

3 Novellas for Summer

Loud footsteps in a vast and otherwise silent corridor; the cloying perfume of lilacs; an ice-cold drink at the end of a hot, dry day.  In Winter we bundle-up, huddle inside and create a barrier between ourselves and the elements. Summer, though, is a different story. We open ourselves up to the full sensuality of the natural world – we wear less clothing, bask in the sun … Continue reading 3 Novellas for Summer