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

The Red Notebook In a Rose-Colored World

Title:  The Red Notebook Author:  Antoine Laurain Translator:  Emily Boyce & Jane Aitken Publisher:  Gallic Books, London (2015) ISBN:  978 19083 1 3867 Antoine Laurain writes perfectly pleasant novels. And his latest, The Red Notebook, sticks to that amiable formula which seems to have brought him some success in the past. The President’s Hat was the story of a man who mistakenly switches hats with French President … Continue reading The Red Notebook In a Rose-Colored World

A True Novel by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter

A True Novel by Japanese author Minae Mizumura, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter, received a lot of positive attention when it was released in 2013 by Other Press.*  Not least because it was released in a beautiful two-volume, illustrated and slip-cased edition. But the plot, itself, was always going to be catnip to a certain type of reader — the re-interpretaion of the beloved Bronte … Continue reading A True Novel by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter

The Thorn And The Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss (spoilers)

The Thorn and the Blossom is, first off, a beautiful book.  It comes with a slipcase decorated in a William Morris style illustration.  The book itself, an accordion book, can be opened from either side and contains four illustrations (I believe done on scratchboard) by Scott McKowen.  Theodora Goss has made the most of the format by creating a romantic tale told from the perspectives … Continue reading The Thorn And The Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss (spoilers)

The WaterProof Bible by Andrew Kaufman (ARC)

Andrew Kaufman writes strange and wonderful books.  His first novel, All My Friends Are Superheroes, features an invisible hero.  To save his marriage he must convince his super-heroine wife that he is still there, sitting next to her on a flight to Vancouver.  And he has to do it before the plane lands.  That book has become something of a cult hit, and this latest … Continue reading The WaterProof Bible by Andrew Kaufman (ARC)