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Hay Festival: Alexander McCall Smith and Jenny Erpenbeck

On Tuesday evening at the Hay Festival, I went to see Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with S. J. Parris at the Tata tent.

McCall Smith recently won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction for his novel ‘Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party’. 1,004 more words


The End of Days: The Translator

Jenny Erpenbeck’s The End of Days, translated by Susan Bernofsky,  has variously been described as brutal, haunting, and dreamlike, unvarnished and the work of a miniaturist. 206 more words


German writer Jenny Erpenbeck wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

German writer and director Jenny Erpenbeck has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for her book The End of Days described by judge Boyd Tonkin  as ”  172 more words


The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, ‘The End of Days’ by Jenny Erpenbeck and translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky tells the story of the various possible lives of one woman during the twentieth century.  394 more words


Zone by Mathias Énard

‘Zone’ by Mathias Énard and translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell tells the story of Francis Mirkovic, a Franco-Croat intelligence officer who is travelling by train from Milan to Rome after missing his plane. 486 more words


Holiday Reading #2: The Giraffe’s Neck by Judith Schalansky

I had been intrigued by this beautifully presented German translation for a few weeks and then when I realised that it was on the Long-list for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize I felt compelled to investigate further. 604 more words


F by Daniel Kehlmann (Tr. Carol Brown Janeway)

The novel opens with Arthur, the father of three boys about whom the majority of the book is centred, attending and ill-fated hypnotism show. The show results in Arthur abandoning his family (and stating he prefers one son over the other two) and dedicating his life to writing. 815 more words

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