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Dante in Translationtuesday97801995356449780199540655

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 06:02:55 +0000

      I’m still getting on slowly with Proust, but in the meantime, I’ve ventured into new territory with Dante. And MOOCs – free online courses from institutions like Yale, Stanford and Harvard Universities! The main lectures/resources I’m using to read Dante are from an open course at Yale: ITAL310. But there’s also a fine compilation… Continue reading Dante in Translation (image)

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In a Grove (藪の中), Ryūnosuke AkutagawatuesdayBamboo-Forest-at-dusk-Kyoto-Japan

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:26:35 +0000

Akutagawa’s 1922 modernist tale, Yabu no Naka or In a Grove, tells the story of seven varying accounts of the murder of a samurai, Kanazawa no Takehiro, whose corpse has been found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto. Each section “simultaneously clarifies and obfuscates what the reader knows about the murder, eventually creating a complex and contradictory vision of… Continue reading In a Grove (藪の中), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (image)

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A Year of Proust: Some Musingstuesday

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 05:00:19 +0000

When it’s all said and done, I’ve failed my year of Proust. I’m now only halfway through Within a Budding Grove, the second volume. It’s taken me half the year to get through less than two volumes. Though it’s only the end of July, and there are still five good months left in the year, I have no… Continue reading A Year of Proust: Some Musings (image)

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Yan Geling: The Flowers of War and The Uninvitedtuesday

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:49:11 +0000

  Yan Geling is one of China’s most promising contemporary writers. Earlier this year, while I lay in bed recovering from an a bad case of the flu, I did a lot of reading – and I happened to have two of her novels on my bedside table: The Flowers of War (also: 13 Flowers of Nanjing) and The… Continue reading Yan Geling: The Flowers of War and The Uninvited (image)

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Swann’s Way: First Impressionstuesday9780099362210

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 05:12:36 +0000

Proust. How I adore thee. I was timid when I started out, afraid that I might dislike you – and your intimidating chunky several-volumed “novel”. But only a few pages in, I fell prey to the magic you weave in Swann’s Way. I even succumbed to the temptation of madeleines. I don’t normally bake things… Continue reading Swann’s Way: First Impressions (image)

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The Garlic Balladstuesday

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 02:53:58 +0000

Mo Yan weaves together a tale of  ’brutal honesty’ and sheer poetry in his story of the garlic-farming peasants of Paradise County. The novel centres around the arrest of Gao Ma, Gao Yang and Fourth Aunt, who have been imprisoned for participating in a mass riot against the local government. But interspersed with this main narrative… Continue reading The Garlic Ballads (image)

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A Year of Prousttuesdaywelcome_spring-wallpaper-1440x900

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:08:00 +0000

Blogland is a little like Narnia: once you stray away from it all, you have no sense of how much time has passed when you return. Though three months is hardly my longest hiatus, it’s still a long time to have been away from books. And in this time, I’ve been mulling over things and… Continue reading A Year of Proust (image)

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Russian Reading: Week 3 Round-Uptuesdayabbf2455a48982772a8b08bf5b09b700a3cd82

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:20:21 +0000

Everyone seems to be making good progress so far! Rachel recently finished Gogol’s short story, The Nose, which she adored. I think I’d also be interested in reading this after I’m done with Dead Souls, because Nabokov actually goes into some detail about Gogol’s obsession with noses in his critical biography. Claire has also been captivated by Gogol’s… Continue reading Russian Reading: Week 3 Round-Up (image)

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Booker Bookertuesdaysantorini

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:30:51 +0000

Belatedly narrowing down my reading choices from the Booker longlist (I never like to restrict myself to just the shortlist): Skios, Michael Frayn – seems like a good read for summer. I’m partial to things set on the Greek islands, and I don’t even mind if they’re twee or or a bit cheesy (like Mamma… Continue reading Booker Booker (image)

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Day 1: Russian Reading Monthtuesday1519d083c8611bcdbe3c52fb1052e118498e43

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:39:22 +0000

Today is the first day of Russian Reading Month! I hope you’re all ready to crack open your copies of Dostoevsky or Nabokov or Gogol. Right now, my copy of Vladimir Nabokov’s Nikolai Gogol is sitting on my desk next to a glass of frothy, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (it’s nearing summer here, for all you Northern… Continue reading Day 1: Russian Reading Month (image)

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The Buddha in the AttictuesdayPictureBrideslossy-page1-760px-A_young_evacuee_of_Japanese_ancestry_waits_with_the_family_baggage_before_leaving_by_bus_for_an_assembly_center..._-_NARA_-_539959.tif

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:33:13 +0000

The Buddha in the Attic is a smallish book, and so I slipped it into my bag one day, expecting to read it on the train in one sitting, and be done with it. No sort of anticipation whatsoever. I thought it would be be similar – in both tone and theme – to every… Continue reading The Buddha in the Attic (image)

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The Classics: October Reading Notestuesday4

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 02:27:17 +0000

Dracula by Bram Stoker arrived in the mail yesterday. I’ve been hooked since. Move aside, Angela Carter and Hilary Mantel! Elizabeth Miller, a ‘Dracula expert’  describes it as being ‘one of those rare novels that just about everyone has heard of but few have actually read’ – so, so true. But how far removed our caricatured… Continue reading The Classics: October Reading Notes (image)

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Ready for Russia?tuesday51ce547126a4b0bb220f2ec05ed00b7aaa6356

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 01:15:33 +0000

It’s already October 15, and Russian Reading Month begins in just over two weeks’ time! Completely unrelated, but in November I’ll also be reading Wolf Hall with Claire, if anyone wants to join. We have a cosy group so far, for next month: Jackie from jackiemania – The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky Claire from kiss a cloud – Dead Souls, Gogol;… Continue reading Ready for Russia? (image)

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Kristin Lavransdattertuesday

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 05:29:28 +0000

Over three years late, but here it is: my final post on Kristin Lavransdatter. The readalong has long since finished, and indeed, it’s been a long, long time since I closed the book and put it back on my shelf (probably forever). Still, closure is needed! The final verdict: Kristin Lavransdatter is not a book that impressed me.… Continue reading Kristin Lavransdatter (image)

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1Q84: The Weird and Fantastic World of Murakamituesday3221495706_a85b0c4531Vozdushnuy_KokonAXL1006221Q84

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 01:37:41 +0000

 About a month ago, I wrote up my midway impressions of this book, which were largely along the lines of: ‘this book is taking me over three months to get through. I’m not sure I’m liking it all too much’. I was ambivalent. Even earlier, in July, I’d written that Murakami had ‘lost his magic’.… Continue reading 1Q84: The Weird and Fantastic World of Murakami (image)

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