Click here to read my review in The Guardian of the Man Booker International Prize-longlisted novel The Pine Islands, by Marion Poschmann (tr. Jen Calleja).
Click here to read my review in The Spectator of Ahmet Altan’s memoir/essays from prison, I Will Never See the World Again.
Click here to read my review in the Guardian of Fiona Benson’s new poetry collection, which I expect to be one of the most praised and talked-about of the year.
Click here to read my Irish Times review of two new Lucia Berlin books: Evening in Paradise (more stories, following from A Manual for Cleaning Women) and the memoir/photos/letters collected as Welcome Home.
Click here to read my short review, in The Guardian, of Roland Buti’s engaging and surprising coming-of-age novel.
Click here to read my capsule review in The Guardian of Yoko Tawada’s The Last Children of Tokyo (translated by Margaret Mitsutani).
There wasn’t room in my review to comment on this, but I noticed that the title of the US edition is The Emissary. This seems to me somewhat closer to the original (Kentoshi) and more in keeping with the spirit of the book, whereas the UK title goes for a more eye-catching take on the underlying premise of the plot. I prefer the US version.
Click here to read my short Guardian review of Christine Schutt’s collection of Stories Pure Hollywood, which is part of the Year of Publishing Women initiative by & Other Stories.