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A King in Hiding, by Fahim, translated by Barbara Mellor

 It’s just a coincidence that I had a copy of A King in Hiding, How a child refugee became a world chess champion, but… 1,212 more words


La Délicatesse (Delicacy) - David Foenkinos

Losing her beloved husband after only seven years of marriage, heartbroken widow Nathalie steels herself against emotional attachments until she unexpectedly falls in for her offbeat, guileless co-worker, Markus, who represents the opposite of everything.

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The Masterpiece, by Émile Zola, translated by Thomas Walton

For most of us who know a little about Zola’s life,  the man is a hero.  He is famous for denouncing the anti-Semitic persecution of Dreyfus, and he’s a literary lion for his championing of a realism which portrayed French life warts and all – and bravely spent a lifetime cocking a snook at the regime into the bargain.  1,474 more words


“Thomas stayed in his room to read. He was sitting with his hands joined over his brow, his thumbs pressing against his hairline, so deep in concentration that he did not make a move when anyone opened the door.

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Translation Challenge: Call for Poems

Readers: if you have any poems in Spanish, French or Portuguese that you would like me to translate, leave a comment with the name of the poem and author. 23 more words


The Stranger - Third Party Life

“Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday. I can’t be sure”

Opening sentences that capture the essence of a writing are rare. Camus’ opening lines conveys so much meaning to the reader that in all truthfulness a meditation on that sentence would itself provide so much insight into… 464 more words


Günter Grass

A month ago today, on April 13th, Günter Grass died aged 87. He was one of the dominant figures of German contemporary literature, who rose to international fame and earned a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. 746 more words