In for a Penny, In for a Pound: The Factory Novels by Derek Raymond

The Factory Novels by Derek Raymond (published by Melville House) The Devil’s Home On Leave How the Dead Live I Was Dora Suarez   Sweeney Todd, the notorious barber of Fleet Street, first appeared in an 1846 Victorian Penny Dreadful entitled “The String of Pearls: A Romance”.  Dreadfuls were cheap chapbooks, sold for a penny a piece (later reduced to half-pence, or Half Penny Dreadfuls) … Continue reading In for a Penny, In for a Pound: The Factory Novels by Derek Raymond

The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebacq, translated from the original French by Gavin Bowd

It’s easy to see why Michel Houellebecq inspires strong emotions.  It takes a special kind of arrogance to write yourself into your own novel as a central character.  And then there’s the annoying idiosyncracies – the politically incorrect rants he seems to revel in, his love of obscure bits of information or penchant for italics (which implies an insulting lack of faith in his readers … Continue reading The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebacq, translated from the original French by Gavin Bowd

The Healer: A Novel by Antti Tuomainen, translated from the original Finnish by Lola Rogers

What makes the dystopian future described by Finnish author Antti Tuomainen  so disturbing is that it so closely resembles parts of the world we live in today.  He’s made the canny decision to dispense with futuristic tech and all the other trappings we’ve come to associate with the post-apocalypse: Mad Maxx gangs roaming a barren landscape, the rich farming the poor like domesticated cattle, the … Continue reading The Healer: A Novel by Antti Tuomainen, translated from the original Finnish by Lola Rogers

The Sultan of Byzantium by Selçuk Altun (translated from Turkish by Clifford Endres & Selhan Endres)

If you’re a fan of The DaVinci Code, The Historian and other novels that combine the conspiracy theory, mystery and thriller genres – then there’s a spot for The Sultan of Byzantium on your bookshelf.  And even if you aren’t a Dan Brown fan (like me) that shouldn’t stop you from becoming a Selçuk Altun fan.  Smart, funny, entertaining…The Sultan of Byzantium is what a … Continue reading The Sultan of Byzantium by Selçuk Altun (translated from Turkish by Clifford Endres & Selhan Endres)

3 Strange Tales by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (translated from the original Japanese by Glenn Anderson)

McNally Jackson in NYC is one of my favorite bookshops.  If you’re interested in translations it’s a great place to browse for new authors.  On my last visit, inspired by Yoka Ogawo’s Revenge, I headed straight for the Japanese shelf.  What I discovered was a sweet little book by a publisher I’d never heard of:  One Peace Books. Established in 2006 One Peace Books focuses … Continue reading 3 Strange Tales by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (translated from the original Japanese by Glenn Anderson)