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Day 137 - 11012017 - His 1st novel (Beauty is a wound = Cinta itu luka) was included in the list of 100 notable books by The New York Times. His 2nd was nomitwd for the Man Booker International Prize. His 3rd, Seperti dendam, rindu harus dibayar tuntas will be translated into English. His 4th and latest nove, O, is out. An Indonesian making his mark on the international literary world. #indonesiannovelist #translatedworks #ekakurniawan

MORIBITO by Nahoko Uehashi❤️Old favourites! #moribito #nahokouehashi #bookstagram #yalit #translatedworks

Second read of September 2017. Murakami's characters are forever finding. Something is always host. Their lives are forever untangled, no matter how simple they try and keep it. His writing sparkles in this collection as well. It isn't racy, so please don't expect that. Read it without prejudice. Review link in the bio. #bookstagram #books #september2017reads #harukimurakami #murakami #menwithoutwomen #bookstagramindia #reads #2017reads #japaneseliterature #translations #translatedworks #knopf #penguinrandomhouse

Book 39: "The Dinner" by Herman Koch
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If I had to describe this book in one word, the word "insane" would be quite apt. Insane - in a good way. It is one of the "Gone Girl"-esque novels (not as intense as that though!!) where every single character seems like a weirdo, making it difficult to pick even one that you like, even though you are enjoying the book just fine.
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The story is structured around the various courses of a dinner that the four main characters have sat down to - with a disruptive narration style, frequently jumping to flashbacks to keep the tale progressing. The underlying theme focusses on the psychology of crime and intense love, and how far you would go to protect your loved one.
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The writing is laced with dark humour, and the translation perfect. One can hardly call this an edge of the seat thriller, yet it succeeds in keeping you anxious to know what is coming next.
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#hermankoch #thedinner #translatedworks #netherlands #dutchwriters #crime #darkhumour #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017

Repost from @theselectedworksof using @RepostRegramApp - Book 49
Back in April, when I was working overnight shifts at Hatchards, I had to sort out the outdoor pursuits section. Maybe because it was 3am and 3am ideas are almost always (terrible) brilliant, I decided that one day I would climb Mount Everest (bad for the environment tho) or visit either the top or bottom of the earth or otherwise do something Ranulf Fiennes-y. Since then I have climbed no mountains, but I have just read this really fucking fascinating book.
3 Prisoners of War during world war 2 decide to escape from their camp to climb Mount Kenya. Then they break back into camp and carry on with their lives. That's it. That's the whole thing. Months and months of serious plotting, gathering anything they could to contort into equipment, saving rations, finding the right people to go along with the ridiculous plan, and then they just...escape. And climb a mountain. And then return.
I'm so excited that this is our #botm, I'm so pumped to have read this remarkable story (beautifully reissued by @maclehosepress). Contrasting imprisonment so damn starkly with the absolute freedom of choosing to climb a fuck off ginormous mountain ("because it's there"-Mallory). Damn.
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#books #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #waterstones #mountains #mountkenya #quercus #benuzzi #adventure #adventurereading #mountaineering #nopicniconmountkenya #translation #translatedworks

#thebooksatchelreviews The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa and translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman published by @faberbooks .
4/5 stars

A love story of a boy who fell in love with a girl at the age of fifteen. The story is a journey through the various cosmopolitan cities of Paris, London and Madrid with the bad girl making her appearance under different names and a different history. She is a Chilean girl, then a guerilla fighter, then a mistress of a diplomat, English society lady and even mistress of a gangster. All identities are splendid in themselves.

For a detailed review check blog (link in bio) .

This was an emotional read for me. The bad girl being the villainous heroine was . My heart went out to the love sick narrator Ricardo who pines after her. There is a bit of political affairs and characters of different nationalities woven into the story. The whole read is a rollercoaster ride of trying to define the bad girl.

Have you read this? Or any other Spanish books you would recommend?

One of my #Read2017 goals was to re-read the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. I don't remember much of the series and I am having fun re-discovering the lives of Lila and Elena.⠀
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I have been gravitating towards the large print edition section in my local library these days as I find them much easier on my eyes. Have you tried reading large print edition?⠀
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#mybrilliantfriend #tsbcwedreads #elenaferrante #neapolitannovels #rereading #currentlyreading #book #bookstagram #bookworm #amreading #translatedworks #fictionreads #read2017 #booklover #addictedtobooks #iratherbereading #houstonbookreader #houstonblogger #dreamingofitaly #bookstakemeplaces #instareads #instagood #wanderlust #largeprintbooks #instamood #instareads

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Book 39: "The Dinner" by Herman Koch
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If I had to describe this book in one word, the word "insane" would be quite apt. Insane - in a good way. It is one of the "Gone Girl"-esque novels (not as intense as that though!!) where every single character seems like a weirdo, making it difficult to pick even one that you like, even though you are enjoying the book just fine.
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The story is structured around the various courses of a dinner that the four main characters have sat down to - with a disruptive narration style, frequently jumping to flashbacks to keep the tale progressing. The underlying theme focusses on the psychology of crime and intense love, and how far you would go to protect your loved one.
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The writing is laced with dark humour, and the translation perfect. One can hardly call this an edge of the seat thriller, yet it succeeds in keeping you anxious to know what is coming next.
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#hermankoch #thedinner #translatedworks #netherlands #dutchwriters #crime #darkhumour #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017

Re-read of Gigi and The Cat by Colette. I enjoyed these to stories greatly and I think Colette has written some great works. My Mum is a fan of the 1958 film adaptation of Gigi which is a very good film but nowhere near as good as the book.

#novella #reread #rereading #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #booklover #booklife #bookworm #bibliophile #frenchliterature #translatedbooks #booksintranslation #translatedworks #femaleauthors #femalewriters #gigi #colette

Second read of September 2017. Murakami's characters are forever finding. Something is always host. Their lives are forever untangled, no matter how simple they try and keep it. His writing sparkles in this collection as well. It isn't racy, so please don't expect that. Read it without prejudice. Review link in the bio. #bookstagram #books #september2017reads #harukimurakami #murakami #menwithoutwomen #bookstagramindia #reads #2017reads #japaneseliterature #translations #translatedworks #knopf #penguinrandomhouse

A young friend working on an undergraduate Architecture Thesis travelled to Amritsar last week for the 70th commemorative events of the Partition of India and attended the inauguration of a Partition Museum there. He bought this as a memory for me! My very first signed copy by Gulzar. Thank you, Puneet. A thoughtful gift for a lifetime!
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#gift #book #gulzar #partitionofindia #70thindipendenceyear #zeroline #amritsar #translatedworks #harperperennial #india #2017 #bibliophile

Had the privilege to attend a talk with the renowned South Korean author, Hwang Sok-Yong today. From discussions ranging from universality to deokkaebi, he certainly was an interesting and passionate person! I really look forward to reading his most recent translated work.

Book 32: "Ghachar Ghochar" by Vivek Shanbhag
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Wow. 118 pages of delight.
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I have read books before that have left me wanting for more, but never as much as this one did. The story of the changing lifestyle and relationships in a family after their ascent from middle class life to affluence in Bangalore city. This struck a chord with me on so many levels - the nostalgia of the Indian middle class childhood and close knit family; the constant reminders,while growing up, of my salaried parents warning us against the evils of "quick money" (yes, that is an actual Indian middle class term 😊); appreciating moments of familial togetherness which are becoming more and more rare in today's world.....I could go on and on.
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The fact that a book that was published with such minimal fanfare has become the toast of the global reading community speaks volumes for the writer. The staff at the bookstore in Bath where I purchased the book couldn't stop gushing about him, especially since they had also interviewed him the month before.
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Oh, and yes, the translation is absolutely ace, the precise & uncluttered narrative flowing like a calming stream. Sincerely hope there'll be more from this gifted writer.🙏
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#ghacharghochar #vivekshanbhag #srinathperur #indianauthors #indianwriters #translatedworks #kannada #bangalore #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017 #indianmiddleclass #familydrama #indianwritinginenglish

Book 27: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

This is my second Swedish novel in as many months, and I have loved this even more than the first. There exists an almost simplistic perfection to the writing and subtle humour of the Swedes, very much like how they structure their lives too, that you cannot help but find endearing.
Ove is weird, Ove is strange, Ove is grumpy, Ove is Grinch-like.....but Ove has a big heart. He just doesn't want anyone to acknowledge that. Because, you know, that would be way more than the necessary amount of emotions necessary to live an uncomplicated life. At the end of each chapter, you keep smiling and liking Ove a little more, despite knowing that a real life Ove would drive you crazy.
And yes, @focusedicecreamcone, just like you said, even though I managed to stay composed through the book, I had to reach for that tissue when I read the last page. Such a beautiful, moving story.
Looking forward to watching the movie now.
#amancalledove #fredrikbackman #sweden #swedishwriting #translatedworks
#bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017

Book 26: "Death in August" by Marco Vichi
So this book (and the series) came highly recommended to us by a bookstore owner in Florence as the "local" read. His description seemed to build up the main protagonist, Inspector Bordelli, as the Tuscan equivalent of Poirot or Sherlock, and so buying a copy was inevitable.
However, I must confess I am a tad bit disappointed with this first book of the series, based in 1960s Florence. The crime itself was a very regular murder with no twists in the tale or investigation, and the narration seemed to focus more on the inspector, his motley group of friends and their life stories. It was good writing nevertheless, despite the translation, which made it more of a entertaining novel, than a crime investigation. Maybe, just maybe, this was in order to introduce and build up the characters for the rest of the series, so the plots might get better. I would still give it a 3/5 and recommend it for a quick read in the sunshine.
#deathinaugust #marcovichi #florence #tuscany #inspectorbordelli #italianwriters #crime #mystery #translatedworks #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017 #hydepark

One of my #Read2017 goals was to re-read the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. I don't remember much of the series and I am having fun re-discovering the lives of Lila and Elena.⠀
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I have been gravitating towards the large print edition section in my local library these days as I find them much easier on my eyes. Have you tried reading large print edition?⠀
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#mybrilliantfriend #tsbcwedreads #elenaferrante #neapolitannovels #rereading #currentlyreading #book #bookstagram #bookworm #amreading #translatedworks #fictionreads #read2017 #booklover #addictedtobooks #iratherbereading #houstonbookreader #houstonblogger #dreamingofitaly #bookstakemeplaces #instareads #instagood #wanderlust #largeprintbooks #instamood #instareads

You didn't think I was going to go to Japan and end up not buying books, did you?😁 Visited @bookskinokuniyatokyo, Tokyo's biggest bookstore and got some titles. Monkey Business instantly jumped out at me from the rows and rows of books because of its bright cover and I was delighted to see that it was a collection of works from contemporary Japanese authors. I picked up The Izu Dancer because I am a huge Kawabata fan. Can't wait to read them!🤓📚❤

Book 15 of 2017 The Boy Who Escaped Paradise by J.M.Lee #bookblogger #netgalley #goodreads #kindle #translatedworks

Book 7: "Troubling Love" by Elena Ferrante
Hmm...."Troubling" is an apt description for this book. The story is about the main protagonist Delia's search to find the truth behind her mother's death and life. The theme and the incidents are complicated enough, but I also kept feeling like I was losing something in translation. Could be just me.
I haven't yet read any of the author's popular Neapolitan novels, so not sure how they compare. #bookstagram #instabooks #instabookreview #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #goodreadschallenge #readingchallenge2017 #igreads #bookloverssociety #suereads2017 #troublinglove #elenaferrante #translatedworks #italian #italy

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