Walking the Himalayas

Title: Walking the Himalayas Writer: Levison Wood Publishing House:  Little, Brown and Company Date of Publication: May 24th 2016 (first published March 1st 2016) Rating: 5 stars Sometimes, it is better to let the extracts do the talking… ‘’If you keep walking on the north bank of the Thames, past the Putney Bridge Premier Inn there’s a medieval church with…

Be With Me Always

Title: Be With Me Always Writer: Randon Billings Noble Publishing House: University of Nebraska Press Date of Publication: March 1st 2019 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Be with me always – take any form- drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! ‘’              Heathcliff to Cathy, ‘’Wuthering Heights’’ These are the most beautiful,…

The White Book

Title: The White Book    (original title: 흰) Writer: Han Kang Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 (first published May 25th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I hold nothing dear. Not the place where I live, not the door I pass through every day, not even, damn it, my life.’’’ In the beautiful, mysterious world of…

Christmas Dinner

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικο Δέιπνο Writer: Various Publishing House: Νάρκισσος Date of Publication: November 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’…Paris with the snow falling. Paris with the big charcoal braziers outside the cafes, glowing red. At the cafe tables, men huddled, their coat collars turned up, while they finger glasses of grog Americain and the newsboys shout the evening papers. The buses rumble…

The Light In The Dark

Title: The Light In The Dark Writer: Horatio Clare Publishing House:  Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winter in the mountains is arresting in its drama, the light melting over the Brecon Beacons as though it carries cold in it, not heat. There are the lakes of mist, too, the sun riding high…

Fox

Title: Fox Writer: Dubravka Ugrešić (tr. by Ellen Elias-Bursać and  David Williams Publishing House: Open Letter Date of Publication: April 17th 2018 (first published June 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are all footnotes, many of us will never have the chance to be read, all of us in an unrelenting and desperate struggle for our lives, for the life of…

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Title: Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall Writer: Anna Funder Publishing House: Granta Books (UK) Date of Publication: June 9th 2003 Rating: 5 stars *Any political comments will receive the axe. Don’t try to provoke me, you’ll fail miserably.* ‘’Peter Fechter, the eighteen-year- old shot trying to escape in 1962 and left to die on the death strip, because…

Autumn

Title: Autumn Writer: Edited by Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: August 25th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’After all, autumn is the natural world’s gentle memento mori; it’s when the year’s cycle begins to slow as spring’s generative energy and summer’s riotous fruition at last start to fail, prompted by shorter days, falling temperatures and the…

Selling Dead People’s Things

Title: Selling Dead People’s Things Writer: Duane Scott Cerny Publishing House: Thunderground Press Date of Publication: May 25th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’{…} imagine the business of vintage as the opposite of an enormous, heaven-wide window – a window that has no secrets, no filter. A portal through which everything can pass: life or death, normal or paranormal, objects or…

I Am, I Am, I Am

Title: I Am, I Am, I Am Writer: Maggie O’Farrell Publishing House: Tinder Press Date of Publication:  August 22nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is nothing unique or special in a near-death experience. They are not rare; everyone, I would venture, has had them, at one time or another, perhaps without even realizing it.’’ How difficult it is to write…

The Diary Of A Bookseller

Title: The Diary of A Bookseller Writer: Shaun Bythell Publishing House: Melville House Publishing Date of Publication: September 4th 2018 (first published September 28th 2017) Rating: 2 stars These are the experiences of Shaun Bythell, a bookseller in Wigtown in beautiful Scotland, in diary format. The working days, the customers (problematic or not), the co-workers, the struggle to support…

The Argonauts

Title: The Argonauts Writer: Maggie Nelson Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication: May 5th 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’You’ve punctured my solitude, I told you.’’ I feel as if I’m treading on thin ice with this one, because in all honesty, this is a book that one has to read in order to understand. I feel that Nelson…

Italian Folk Magic

Title: Italian Folk Magic Writer: Mary-Grace Fahrun Publishing House: Weiser Books Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A buon intenditore poche parole.’’ (‘’Few words are needed when speaking to a good listener.’’) This review is bound to be one of the most personal I’ve ever had the pleasure to write. You see, my late grandmother was…

Α Woman in the Polar Night

Title: A Woman in the Polar Night Writer: Christiane Ritter Publishing House: University of Alaska Press Date of Publication: July 15th 2010  (first published 1938) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Νο, the Arctic does not yield its secret for the price of a ship’s ticket. You must live through the long night, the storms, and the destruction of human pride. You must have…

Bluets

Title: Bluets Writer: Maggie Nelson Publishing House:  Wave Books Date of Publication: October 1st 2009 Rating: 5 stars ”If a colour could deliver hope, does it follow that it could also bring despair?” Blue, blå, blauw, bleu, blau, κυανό, azzurro, azul, sinij, modra, blár….. a colour that carries powerful imagery, thoughts and memories… Maggie Nelson is a writer I’ve always wanted to know more about…

I Really Didn’t Think This Through

Title: I Really Didn’t Think This Through Writer: Beth Evans Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ugh, why do I have feelings? I’m the worst.’’ I won’t bore you with details on how good Evans’ writing is. That’s not the point although I can assure you that the way she talks to…

Aetherial Worlds

Title: Aetherial Worlds: Stories  Writer: Tatyana Tolstaya Publishing House: Knopf Publishing Group Date of Publication: March 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars “It’s dusk, the heavy drapes drawn back. Outside, through the window, there is a crepuscular Saint Petersburg, early evening on snowy streets; a sleigh pulled by a courser silently whooshes by—who’s rushing, and where? To the theater? To a…