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Out today from Archipelago Books, Hanne Ørstavik’s The Pastor, translated by Martin Aitken. I just got this so I’ve only read about twenty pages, but it’s hooked me! Ørstavik’s Love won the 2019 PEN Translation Prize, and The Pastor feels just as worthy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Check out the new paperback edition of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, from NYRB Classics! It's one of their few editions with a non-comforming cover, and I love it (notable that a few of the other non-conforming editions also sport the art of Edward Gorey).
Out today from NYRB Classics, Jean Giono’s The Open Road! This will go along nicely with the other Giono books released, including Ennemonde, which was just released by the wonderful Archipelago Books! I have loved what I’ve read of his work, and I’m really excited for both The Open Road and Ennemonde, which are next up in my reading lineup!
📚List of Betterment! 📖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I started Eric Jager’s The Last Duel over the weekend after seeing that it is "A true story of crime, scandal, and trial by combat," and not just a dramatic piece of fiction that is now serving as the basis of a Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon and Adam Driver (oh, and do I spy Ben Affleck in the cast as King Charles VI?).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For those who assured me that Great Expectations becomes un-put-downable, thank you for the encouragement! I found myself trudging through the first bit of volume two while Pip is getting his footing in his new surroundings, and that was a bit discouraging after such a wonderful first volume. But I am loving it again!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This arrived today and it looks excellent! Lemon, by Kwon Yeo-sun and translated by Janet Hong, is coming from Other Press on October 26! They couch it as "Parasite meets The Good Son," and the first page has me captivated already (swipe to see it).

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