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The longing to belong: The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese

‘I don’t know where I was born. There isn’t a house or a piece of land or any bones in this part of the world about which I could say, “This is what I was before I was born.” I don’t know if I come from the hill or the valley, from the woods or from a house with balconies.’

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Divertimento 1889 by Guido Morselli (tr. Hugh Shankland)

When Guido Morselli took his own life at the age of sixty, Italy may well have lost one of its finest writers. Up until the time of his death in 1973, not one of Morselli’s novels had been accepted for publication; all seven were subsequently published in Italy, where Morselli now seems to have gained the recognition he so richly deserved at the time. 1,530 more words

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Winstons books Sheffield and Chesterfield

Well I did review yesterday The boy who stole Attila’s horse which was one of three books I brought earlier this week from Sheffield as I have been off this week and we both had monday off we went for the day and as there waterstones has a slightly better selection of translated books I always love a look round. 265 more words


The Widow by Georges Simenon (tr. John Petrie)

Back in April 2015 I read Simenon’s Three Bedrooms in Manhattan, a fictionalised account of the author’s impassioned love affair with Denise Ouimet, a woman he met in Manhattan in 1945. 1,404 more words

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Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

‘Our Spoons Came from Woolworths’ is the story of twenty-one year old Sophia, during the time when she was married to Charles Fairclough. The story is in its entirety, a first person narrative and tells of the harrowing poverty, the ups and downs of the young couple, in a time during which Charles refuses to take any financial responsibility for his household, using his need to practice his art as an excuse to shirk his duties. 652 more words

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Review of Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe with an introduction by Matt Weiland. Paperback sized 5 x 8 inches with 384 pages. Published by NYRB Classics in September 2015.  183 more words

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I'll Come Back Once You're Dead (Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanual Bove, trans. Alyson Waters)

Emmanuel Bove’s brooding and spare 1928 story collection, Henri Duchemin and His Shadows (NYRB Classics, 2015) is populated by vulnerable, desperate, lonely men who, seeking purpose, pleasure and, above all, connection—with others and, though not always fully aware of it, with themselves—in dark, damp, empty city streets, manage only to isolate themselves further, to cut themselves off from what few and tenuous connections they have managed to gain. 138 more words

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