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Dan Rhodes: Marry Me

Dan Rhodes’ Marry Me (2013), just out in the U.S. from Europa Editions, is a collection of around 80 short — very short — stories focused on, says Michael Dirda in his exciting review for The Washington Post (here), love, marriage, infidelity, divorce, and death. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, right? I…

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Maurizio de Giovanni: I Will Have Vengeance

Earlier this year, Europa Editions, one of my favorite publishers, launched a new series of books: Europa World Noir. They’ve always published crime novels, but with this new imprint they show their commitment to the genre and their hope to print even more. One of their first titles is Maurizio de…

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Flavia Company: The Island of Last Truth

I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to old-fashioned shipwreck stories. The Island of Last Truth (L’illa de l’última veritat, 2011; tr. from the Catalan by Laura McGloughlin, 2012) hits the spot: it’s the story of a man who is the sole survivor of a pirate attack and who ends up being…

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Amélie Nothomb: Life Form

Last week I wrote about Revenge, the first book I read by Yoko Ogawa, a name I’d heard many times over the past few years and had always felt I should read. This week I’m writing about Amélie Nothomb’s latest in English, Life Form (Une forme de vie, 2010; tr. from…

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Richard Beard: Lazarus Is Dead

Late last year I saw a review for Richard Beard’s Lazarus Is Dead (2011) on John Self’s blog (here). John was surprised to find this book quickly become one of his favorites of the year. Knowing only what is recorded in the book of John, I was curious about a book focused…

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Jane Gardam: Crusoe’s Daughter

I read Jane Gardam’s Old Filth before I started this blog, and it occurs to me now that, since starting this blog, I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone else reading her.  This surprises me, because Gardam is phenomenal, at once tender and biting.  I was very happy when I saw that Europa…

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Valeria Parrella: For Grace Received

Europa Editions is getting quite a bit of publicity these days for publishing Boualem Sansal’s The German Mujahid.  I had never ran into them before, but then suddenly I saw their attractive books popping up all over the bookstores!  Which is great news for those of us who love literature in…