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Navel-gazing

Milan Kundera’s latest, The Festival of Insignificance, is a short novel, pretty much a novella, that, like his other books, mixes fiction with philosophical musings and overt references to the fact that this is a novel we are reading (‘my characters’, he says at  one point). 202 more words

Book Review: Moonstone by Sjón (Trans. by Victoria Cribb)

Bjork collaborator’s potent novella is a celebration of silent cinema and elegy to the undocumented history of Iceland’s queer culture.

Born in Reykjavik, Sjón is considered to be one of Iceland’s most significant contemporary writers. 591 more words

European Fiction

Bibliotaphy 6: Thoughts on the U.S. Editions of Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom

Little is written about the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom in the U.S. This is due to many factors. First, the historical presence of the Dutch language and culture in North America is largely a memory, if it is even that. 777 more words

Book Collecting

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Author: Victor Hugo
Grade(s): 7; 8

Feared and hated by all, Quasimodo is looked after by Dom Claude Frollo, a stern, cold priest who ignores the poor hunchback in the face of his frequent public torture. 43 more words

7th Grade

Jepp Who Defied the Stars

Jepp Who Defied the Stars
Author: Katherine Marsh
Grade(s): 7; 8

Jeep left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. 119 more words

7th Grade

Book Review: Pedigree by Georges Simenon (Trans by Robert Baldick)

Joycean novel recreates Simenon’s childhood.

Intended as the first volume of a trilogy, Pedigree stands apart from the rest of Simenon’s output. Borne out of a long-standing ambition to write an extraordinary novel and a response to a personal crisis, the prolific author’s magnum opus is a fictive redrafting of a memoir that has yet to be translated into English. 691 more words

Georges Simenon

Coitus Interruptus: 2013 Best European Fiction

So I found the 2013 Best European Fiction, edited by Aleksandar Hemon (ISBN: 978-1-56478-792-7) at the library. I thought it would be a good read. 479 more words

Writing