Quiet Creature on the Corner by João Gilberto Noll (tr. Adam Morris)

Title:  Quiet Creature on the Corner Author:  João Gilberto Noll Translator:  Adam Morris Publisher: Two Lines Press, San Francisco (2016) ISBN:  978 1 931883 51 1 Quiet Creature on the Corner is a weird tale told from the point of view of an adolescent boy being punished for the rape of a young girl.  The assault occurs in an abandoned lot behind the slum-like apartment building where they both live and the boy describes the … Continue reading Quiet Creature on the Corner by João Gilberto Noll (tr. Adam Morris)

The Conductor & Other Tales by Jean Ferry (translated from the French by Edward Gauvin)

Some interests spring fully formed from within, sending us off on a mission to gather information.  I find that my obsessions more often evolve. I find myself returning to the same subject at completely random intervals, unintentionally or even unknowingly, until a gradual immersion occurs over time.  In this way I began reading Sartre in high school because I was (and remain) obsessed with pandemic literature – of which The Plague … Continue reading The Conductor & Other Tales by Jean Ferry (translated from the French by Edward Gauvin)

The Investigation by Philippe Claudel (translated from the original French by John Cullen)

Blogger Warning:  HERE BE SPOILERS! Ahhh… absurdism.  It’s so damn European!  Think Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett (o.k., so he was Irish), Franz Kafka, Eugène Ionesco, Jean-Paul Sartre.  It’s a genre that includes classic books like The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger, Waiting for Godot, No Exit, Rhinoceros and now, The Investigation. The Absurdist genre – in all its forms – is a commentary on the … Continue reading The Investigation by Philippe Claudel (translated from the original French by John Cullen)