In the Distance With You by Carla Guelfenbein, tr. John Cullen

I know some bloggers/critics don’t want to waste their time reviewing books they don’t like when there are so many good books to talk about. Which makes perfect sense. But for me — and if you follow Reader@Large you already know this — I enjoy talking about books that aren’t exactly masterpieces. I think it comes out of my art school background. When visiting museums … Continue reading In the Distance With You by Carla Guelfenbein, tr. John Cullen

Mr. Fix-It by Richard Ali A Mutu, translated by Bienvu Sene Mongaba

Title: Mr. Fix-It Author: Richard Ali A Mutu Translator: Bienvu Sene Mongaba Publisher: Phoneme Media, Los Angeles (2017) ISBN: 978 1 944700 07 2 Mr. Fix-It by Richard Ali A Mutu, a Congolese writer from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a book I’m really excited about. It was originally written and published in Lingala, a language spoken by roughly 10 million people and almost exclusively … Continue reading Mr. Fix-It by Richard Ali A Mutu, translated by Bienvu Sene Mongaba

IFFP & BTBA 2013 Short Lists – They’re Here!

The two translation prize shortlists are out – and it’s exciting to see how many different languages (and countries) are represented.  I’ve still only read three of the books on the BTBA list – and of those I’ll keep my money on Dowlatabadi for the win.  There is something so visceral about The Colonel.  It’s a book that encompasses all the senses – particularly in … Continue reading IFFP & BTBA 2013 Short Lists – They’re Here!

National Book Award Blog Bounce

In case anyone was wondering, I’m getting caught up on my reading.   In the meantime, the list of National Book Award Finalists came out last week.  I haven’t read any of the Fiction Finalists, so I’m providing links to those who have. Peter Carey  Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf) Jaimy Gordon  Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.) Nicole Krauss  Great House (W.W. … Continue reading National Book Award Blog Bounce

Mad About Moers! – A Review of The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers

Summer is over, but no one says we need to back away from the escapist fiction!  There’s no shame in losing yourself between the covers of a good book.  Just don’t confuse this kind of escape with the chick lit, mysteries and thrillers you were reading on the beach.    Save those for next year’s daiquiri.  Instead, we advise walking proudly into the Sci-Fi / … Continue reading Mad About Moers! – A Review of The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers