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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

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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

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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

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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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The End of Days-Jenny Erpenbeck (Tr. Susan Bernofsky)

The End of Days is a story told in five books. Each ‘book’ detailing what would have happened if the protagonist had not died in the previous ‘book'; what course her life would have taken and the impacts these diverse outcomes would have had on the lives of the people around her. 1,098 more words

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Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes Tr. Jamie Bulloch

The novel opens with Hitler waking up on a patch of wasteland in a Berlin suburb, in full military regalia and not having aged a day since 1945. 648 more words

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In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González tr. Frank Wynne

In the Beginning Was the Sea charts the decision of a young couple, J. and Elena, to leave behind the lives of excess in Medalín and move to the tropical Columbian coast to begin a new, idyllic, life by the sea. 1,432 more words

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