REVIEW: FLIGHTS, BY OLGA TOKARCZUK, TRANSLATED BY JENNIFER CROFT (2017)

When I finished reading Olga Tokarczuk's Flights, I immediately found a spot for it on my shelves, between Season of Migration to the North and Naondel. And suddenly I was truck by how small an object it is. It spans so many topics and countries and centuries that it should be Atlas-sized, or several volumes … Continue reading REVIEW: FLIGHTS, BY OLGA TOKARCZUK, TRANSLATED BY JENNIFER CROFT (2017)

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MONSTER CATALOGUES

Monster catalogues. Why did I stop reading monster catalogues? I don't mean like catalogues where you look up monsters and their prices then order them by phone or online, I mean those books I spent 30% of my childhood poring over, the goblin companions and big books of giants and ogrenomicons, each devoting a page … Continue reading MONSTER CATALOGUES

REVIEW: FELIX CULPA, BY JEREMY GAVRON (2018)

Felix Culpa is a short noir made up (almost) entirely of sentences taken from about 100 other texts—mostly novels (from Calvino to Tolkien, Raymond Chandler to Cormac McCarthy), but also the King James Bible, Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, Elmore Leonard's tips for writers, and a choice selection of literary non-fiction, including director Werner Herzog's … Continue reading REVIEW: FELIX CULPA, BY JEREMY GAVRON (2018)

#WITMONTH REVIEW: SPHINX, BY ANNE GARRÉTA, TRANSLATED BY EMMA RAMADAN (2015)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth), so I'm only reviewing books by women in translation. What does Anna Karenina look like? When you read Moby Dick's opening line, "Call me Ishmael", what face do you picture? How does your mind's eye interpret Joyce's description of Ulysses' Buck Mulligan as "plump, stately"? One of my … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: SPHINX, BY ANNE GARRÉTA, TRANSLATED BY EMMA RAMADAN (2015)

4 AWESOME GENDER-BENDING BOOKS BASED ON GREEK MYTH

In preparation for my upcoming review of Colm Tóibín's House of Names, based on the bloody story of Orestes, Electra and Clytemnestra, I thought I'd make a short list of all my favourite books that are based on Greek mythology. As it turns out, by some strange coincidence, they all feature some form of gender bending. Readers, if you … Continue reading 4 AWESOME GENDER-BENDING BOOKS BASED ON GREEK MYTH

TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE, BY SONNY LIEW (2016)

Setting: Singapore, mostly between the 1940s and 1980s. Premise: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a graphic biography of Singapore’s greatest comic book artist, Singapore’s very own Osamu Tezuka, Stan Lee and Will Eisner, rolled into one. It is also a treasury of excerpts from his greatest works over the decades, from the … Continue reading TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE, BY SONNY LIEW (2016)