Captive by Claudine Dumont, tr. David Scott Hamilton #WITMonth

The plot of Claudine Dumont’s debut novel, Captive, is fast-moving. We’re given just a glimpse of the protagonist’s, Emma’s, life before she’s ripped out of it. “I’m afraid of the dark. That’s what happens when I drink too much. And I drink too much. Often. And for some time now, even on weeknights. I can’t get to sleep without it. I can’t forget the empty … Continue reading Captive by Claudine Dumont, tr. David Scott Hamilton #WITMonth

The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa, tr. Stephen Snyder (a #WITMonth post)

Title:  The Diving Pool – Three Novellas Author:  Yoko Ogawa Translator:  Stephen Snyder Publisher: Picador, New York (2008) ISBN:  978 0 312 42683 5 The quality of mercy is not strain’d. The compassion Yoko Ogawa shows her protagonists, despite their flaws, consistently surprises me. These three early novellas – and novella seems a bit of a grandiose term for what are, essentially, three unrelated short stories – … Continue reading The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa, tr. Stephen Snyder (a #WITMonth post)

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, tr. Anne Carson (a #WITMonth post)

Title:  If Not, Winter – Fragments of Sappho Author:  Sappho Translator:  Anne Carson Language:  Classical Greek Publisher:  Vintage Books/Random House, New York (2002) ISBN:  0 375 72451 6 Is Sappho, who composed her poems c. 630-570 B.C., the earliest woman to have her work was translated into English? She was much admired in antiquity, the woman whom Plato called “the tenth muse”, but notwithstanding the immensity of her … Continue reading If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, tr. Anne Carson (a #WITMonth post)

The Elusive Moth by Ingrid Winterbach, translated from Afrikaans by Iris Gouws & the Author

Title: The Elusive Moth Author: Ingrid Winterbach Translator: Iris Gouws & the Author Publisher: Open Letter, University of Rochester (2014) ISBN: 978 1 934824 77 1   The Elusive Moth by Ingrid Winterbach, translated from Afrikaans by Iris Gouws and the Author, is set in Free State, South Africa.  The heroine, Karolina Ferreira, is a lepidopterist staying in the town of Voorspoed – a place … Continue reading The Elusive Moth by Ingrid Winterbach, translated from Afrikaans by Iris Gouws & the Author