REVIEW: THE EMPRESS AND THE CAKE, BY LINDA STIFT, TRANSLATED BY JAMIE BULLOCH (2016)

TW: bulimia. What a strange, strange book. What a strange, strange, strange book. The Empress and the Cake is about a young woman's bulimia, but it's also about an elderly woman's obsession with the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898), best known to many as "Sissi." After the surprising dedication ("For me") and a suitably decadent … Continue reading REVIEW: THE EMPRESS AND THE CAKE, BY LINDA STIFT, TRANSLATED BY JAMIE BULLOCH (2016)

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#WITMONTH UNTRANSLATED: TROTULA, BY PAOLA PRESCIUTTINI (2014)

Though it's been going on since 2014, this August has been my first time celebrating Women in Translation Month (#witmonth), both as a blogger and as a human being. I've done this by exclusively reading and reviewing works by women in translation, and it's been great. I've read a love story where the lovers' gender … Continue reading #WITMONTH UNTRANSLATED: TROTULA, BY PAOLA PRESCIUTTINI (2014)

#WITMONTH REVIEW: AMATKA, BY KARIN TIDBECK, TRANSLATED BY HERSELF (2017)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth), so I'm only reviewing books by women in translation. Vanja emptied a box of pencils, lined them up on the shelf, amd pointed at them one by one. 'Pencil, pencil, pencil.' It wasn't long before the words flowed together. 'Pencil-pencil-pencil-pen-cilpen-cilpen- cilpen-cilpen-cilpen--' The last pencil in the row shuddered. … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: AMATKA, BY KARIN TIDBECK, TRANSLATED BY HERSELF (2017)

#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)

3 BOOKS BY WOMEN IN TRANSLATION YOU CAN READ IN 1 OR 2 SITTINGS

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth), and, so far, I've only reviewed books by women in translation (here, here and here). Today, I'm doing something different: recommending three books by women in translation that, being well under 200 pages, could be easily read in one or two sittings. I thought about picking only books … Continue reading 3 BOOKS BY WOMEN IN TRANSLATION YOU CAN READ IN 1 OR 2 SITTINGS

#WITMONTH REVIEW: JAGANNATH, BY KARIN TIDBECK, TRANSLATED BY KARIN TIDBECK (2012)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth), so I'm only reviewing books by women in translation. In Jagannath's title story, Karin Tidbeck imagines a postapocalyptic future where humans have forged a symbiotic alliance with gigantic caterpillars. The caterpillars constantly roam the earth in search of sustenance, and the humans live inside them: men--who have become … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: JAGANNATH, BY KARIN TIDBECK, TRANSLATED BY KARIN TIDBECK (2012)

#WITMONTH REVIEW: THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRYTALE, BY HAN YUJOO, TRANSLATED BY JANET HONG (2017)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITmonth), so I'll only review books by women in translation.  On the night of the day I started The Impossible Fairytale, I dreamed I was one of first three people in the city to read it. We met to discuss it every Wednesday. We were like Macbeth's witches. When … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRYTALE, BY HAN YUJOO, TRANSLATED BY JANET HONG (2017)

#WITMONTH REVIEW: PANTY, BY SANGEETA BANDOPADHYAY, TRANSLATED BY ARUNAVA SINHA (2016)

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITmonth), so I'll only review books by women in translation. A woman steps into an apartment in Kolkata. It's nighttime, and none of the light switches work. She finds a mirror, but when she touches her hair her reflection does not replicate the gesture. She showers, and as she's … Continue reading #WITMONTH REVIEW: PANTY, BY SANGEETA BANDOPADHYAY, TRANSLATED BY ARUNAVA SINHA (2016)