The OF Blog: Book Porn in honor of my mother's 29th (to the nth power) birthday

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Porn in honor of my mother's 29th (to the nth power) birthday

Works in French (Stendahl, Hugo, Balzac, and La Bruyere), Spanish (Prado Bazan, de Espronceda), and selections of Grimm's Fairy Tales in German.

Went shopping in Nashville, in part to buy a book for my mother's birthday, but also to restock the "rainy day" reading selection.  Most of these pictured are from today's McKay's round, but some I had ordered online days before (pictures 3 and 6 and the second book in 5).

Two DeLillo books, so I can pretend to keep up with Paul's upcoming reviews on Gogol's Overcoat.

The Roth will also be part of my pretensions of keeping up with Paul's reviews of Roth.  The Wagner won the 2011 Prix Utopiales award in France, among other works.  Very good through 50 pages.

Even though I've already read this Eco novel in both the Italian original and Spanish, I want to evaluate the English translation, as it was recently nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award.  The Youmans book deals with the Civil War, so I thought I'd read it and see if my father might want to read it later.

Been meaning to read more of Kobo Abe's work.  The Mysliwski is also up for a translation award.

Both the Appelfeld and Al-Jubouri are candidates for translation prizes.  The Al-Jubouri is an outstanding poetry collection which I likely will review sometime in the next few weeks on Gogol's Overcoat.

4 comments:

lsjohnson said...

I recently discovered your blog via Twitter, am enjoying it greatly. But I wanted to say: hurrah for Face of Another! Prose is a little ponderous (at least in English trans) but good stuff nonetheless. Nice to see someone else taking it up.

Larry said...

I had read Abe's The Woman in the Dunes years ago and thought it was near-brilliant, but it had been a while since I had thought of him, so it was a serendipitous discovery at the used bookstore :D

Hope there'll be plenty more content for you to enjoy, even though most of my reviews are now posted at Gogol's Overcoat (non-genre, that is; there will be more SF/F reviews posted here in the next 2-4 weeks).

lsjohnson said...

I have found my way to Gogol's Overcoat, thanks! Y'all are killing me . . . all my reading is novel-research right now, but gah just a few passes on your site and the TBR stack grew by another foot. Stop reminding me of things I was meaning to read, please. ;)

I will say that of the two, I thought Woman in the Dunes was the better craft, but Face of Another presses more of my favorite trope-buttons . . . looking forward to your review of it!

lsjohnson said...

lol "better craft-wise". it's been one of those days.

 
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