Constellation by Adrien Bosc (Willard Wood, tr.)

Title:  Constellation Author:  Adrien Bosc Translator: Willard Wood Publisher:  Other Press, New York (2016) ISBN: 978 1 59051 756 7 Is it on one of these bottomless nights that the airplane falls asleep and goes into exile? Well-written prose can excuse a lot. That isn’t hyperbole – I truly believe it.  Portions of Adrien Bosc’s novel read like a historical report describing the 1949 crash … Continue reading Constellation by Adrien Bosc (Willard Wood, tr.)

The Meursault Investigation: A Novel by Kamel Daoud, translated from French by John Cullen

Title:  The Meursalt Investigation Author:  Kamel Daoud Translator:  John Cullen Publisher:  Other Press, New York (2015) ISBN:  978 1 59051 751 2 When L’Étranger was translated into English and published as The Stranger in the United States in 1946 two articles appeared in the NY Times. The first was a fawning profile of Camus, hailing him as the “Apostle of Post-Liberation France”. In the second … Continue reading The Meursault Investigation: A Novel by Kamel Daoud, translated from French by John Cullen

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

Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou, translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari

Title: Letter to Jimmy Author: Alain Mabanckou Translator: Sara Meli Ansari Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Berkeley (2014) ISBN: 978 1 59376 601 6 There has long been a  tendency in the West to over-simplify African nations. The most obvious example  being the habit of dispensing with identifying the 56 countries which comprise the continent as individual nations and instead referring to them unilaterally as “Africa”. … Continue reading Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou, translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari

Two Gothic Novels – Old & New

Château D’Argol by Julien Gracq, translated from French by Louise Varèse Publisher: Pushkin Press, London (2013) ISBN: 978 1 78227 004 1 The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero Publisher: Doubleday, New York (2014) ISBN:  978 0 38553 815 2 Like real estate, a Gothic novel is all about location, location, location.  Whether it be a Southern Manse, a moldering European castle or a gloomy family … Continue reading Two Gothic Novels – Old & New