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New Title on the Horizon
Topic Started: Aug 24 2007, 09:54 AM (27,706 Views)
suzannahhh
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Didi
Aug 22 2017, 07:09 PM
cwec03
Jul 27 2017, 08:54 PM
Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller, Guđbergur Bergsson

An important Icelandic novel appearing in English for the first time. I can't personally vouch for it though ...

https://www.openletterbooks.org/products/tomas-jonsson-bestseller

Thanks– bought

On contemporary Icelandic lit, I have heard very good things about Ofeigur Sigurosson, both poetry and prose

His novel Oraefi is out early next year in English which I am planning to read.
as it happens I am currently
reading Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller

it is in places
laugh out loud amusing/obscene
as easily distracted in all its telling
as my own thoughts are - of late

major thanks to Open Letter
for publishing it

sometimes it astounds me:
well really it always astounds me
but frequently that's not what I'm focused on
with a particular work
but where was I. . .
(see what I mean: fractures/fault lines/slippage
and forgetfulness
what is wondrous is
that writer's have found so many ways
to bend and twist the putting of words together
so many ways to express
ladlefuls from the infinite dipper

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oops a bit rusty - posted in the wrong thread.
Edited by Didi, Aug 22 2017, 10:45 PM.
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a book on my wish list of books that should be translated is out mid-Nov
Malacqua by Nicola Pugliese (OSP)
tr into Eng by Shaun Whiteside
very excited about this.
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sounds really cool, Didi. I'm shocked I can't buy it earlier in French.
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yes surprising not in Fr yet
its not a book for all, had cult status and the first edition was very difficult to procure until it was republished after Pugliese passed away
the language comparisons to Gadda and D'Arrigo particularly caught my initial attention years ago.
the fact Calvino insisted it get published says a lot too.
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Along with Modiano's two new books, Le Clézio released a new novel this month. Want to read it, but I'll have to wait for the price drop. :confused:

http://www.telerama.fr/livres/alma,n5242809.php
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Pullman's new book, the first in a trilogy!

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375815309/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0375815309&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Torn between waiting for the two installments or plunging now. It's been ages (and I do mean ages) since I read His Dark Materials. Should read them before this.
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Maria Gabriela Llansol's Geography of Rebels Trilogy eng tr by A.Young, DV press

per DV: "Geography of Rebels presents the English debut of three linked novellas from influential Portuguese writer Maria Gabriela Llansol. With echoes of Clarice Lispector, Llansol’s novellas evoke her vision of writing as life, conjuring historical figures and weaving together history, poetry, and philosophy in a transcendent journey through one of Portugal’s greatest creative minds"

sounds extraordinary

in respect to the first novella (per: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/may/15/culture.obituaries1 )

"Llansol's writing absorbed qualities and concepts from the eclectic collection of historical figures that inhabit her work. This took in the likes of the medieval mystic, philosopher and theologian Meister Eckhart, Thomas Müntzer from the 16th-century peasants' war in Germany, through Bach and Spinoza, to Emily Dickinson. She set out her philosophy and practice of writing in the O Livro das Comunidades (The Book of Communities, 1977)."



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Rob Young, author of the wonderful Electric Eden,

https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Gates-Open-Biography-Can/dp/0571311490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510348763&sr=8-1&keywords=rob+young+can

and

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aeneid-Virgil/dp/022645018X

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suzannahhh
Aug 22 2017, 10:33 PM
Didi
Aug 22 2017, 07:09 PM
cwec03
Jul 27 2017, 08:54 PM
Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller, Guđbergur Bergsson

An important Icelandic novel appearing in English for the first time. I can't personally vouch for it though ...

https://www.openletterbooks.org/products/tomas-jonsson-bestseller

Thanks– bought

On contemporary Icelandic lit, I have heard very good things about Ofeigur Sigurosson, both poetry and prose

His novel Oraefi is out early next year in English which I am planning to read.
as it happens I am currently
reading Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller

it is in places
laugh out loud amusing/obscene
as easily distracted in all its telling
as my own thoughts are - of late

major thanks to Open Letter
for publishing it

sometimes it astounds me:
well really it always astounds me
but frequently that's not what I'm focused on
with a particular work
but where was I. . .
(see what I mean: fractures/fault lines/slippage
and forgetfulness
what is wondrous is
that writer's have found so many ways
to bend and twist the putting of words together
so many ways to express
ladlefuls from the infinite dipper

Guđbergur is considered one of the most important Icelandic authors of the modern period. I'm glad to hear that the book was going down well, and I do hope that I have the chance to get to this translation sometime soon (most of my reading time in this area is devoted to medieval Icelandic literature). Ófeigur Sigurđsson is also a highly esteemed writer in Iceland, not to mention having one of the more striking Icelandic personal names - feigur being cognate to the Middle English fey, meaning 'doomed/fated to die,' and the prefix ó- corresponding to the English language prefix un-.

Another Icelandic writer whose works are available in English to look out for is Jón Kalman Stefánsson, whose Fish have no feet was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize earlier this year.
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Thanks again, I see that “The fish have no feet” seems to be the one that has received the most widespread attention, rave reviews in France, Denmark etc. Will need to check out this author as well.
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Agustín Fernández Mallo's Nocilla Project is making its way thru Fitzcarraldo (no word on Nocilla Lab?) in the UK and will be in 2019 thru FSG in the US
meanwhile, interview: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/or-on-the-novel/
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^the English translation of Nocilla Lab will be published by Fitz in July 2018.
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A couple of eng tr of Dag Solstad's works out this year

Armand V (trans. Steven T. Murray)
T Singer (trans. Tiina Nunnally)
Some positive reception thus far for the arcs eg MAO

http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/norge/solstad3.htm
http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/norge/solstad5.htm
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http://conversationalreading.com/interesting-new-books-2018/
under construction not yet front-paged

(ok front-paged now, and more filled-in ...)
Edited by nnyhav, Jan 7 2018, 06:43 PM.
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Evgenii Vodolazkin’s Aviator translated by Lisa Hayden (out in May oneworld)

And Solovyov and Larionov also translated by Lisa (this should have been published by now but unsure what the status is, my guess is that it will be published post Aviator by oneworld as well,). If cancelled I will need to revert to the available Romanian version.

Available in Eng is Laurus which was very enjoyable, Russian medieval fiction written by an expert, read a couple of years ago and cannot see any post in the woods of this author/book. Recommended historical fiction.
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Burger Brenner tr by West (Archipelago Books)
timing yet to be confirmed
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As it relates to Brenner - here he is with cigar and Ferrari 328 GTS steering wheel in hands

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Didi
Jan 8 2018, 05:16 PM
As it relates to Brenner - here he is with cigar and Ferrari 328 GTS steering wheel in hands

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Yeah, didi, I follow Adrian on twitter and I think early 2019; he (Adrian) is a very nice man and an amazing translator....I can't wait for this one though!
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I can wait for this as well
I assume its both volumes (Brunsleben and Menzenmang)
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