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1Macumbeira
Edited: Dec 21, 2019, 11:59pm

The year is once again steaming towards Christmas and New Year eve, so it is time for a short moment of reflection and appraisal of our readings during the last twelve months. Let’s immediately call Rick on stage to hand him the prize for the:

Best book written by a self-exiled and banned (real and virtual) author 2019

The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas by Rick Harsch!!!

Rick’s inconveniences remind us that you can still be banned and socially punished in the 21th century for writing a poem. He is a true heir of Jonathan Swift and a faint but very real warning of the world described in Shalamov’s stories.

(pumping a fist in the air) Free Rick!

Looking at my reading list, I can separate the books I finished and the books I left half-read. Let us look at the unfinished first:

Promising books but unfinished at this moment

Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shalamov
Forget about Bear Grylls. The ultimate survival guide is written by Poet and Gulag survivor Varlam Shalamov who relates in his stories what you need to do and not do to survive a forced-labor camp in the arctic region for more than a decade. Modern survival manuals miss the most important chapter: How to cope with the horrors inflicted by your fellow men

Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner
I am a huge fan of both gentlemen and I thought that reading their correspondence would add to the pleasure. It did, but only in an inconclusive manner.

The game by Alessandro Baricco
The Italian philosopher Barrico is trying to explain his public what the ICT is doing to us. He is searching for patterns and explanations in our changing relation with the virtual world. To do that he uses a metaphor that complicates things even more. Never really clear in his explanations our friend Barrico

Last witnesses by Svetlana Alexijevitsj
Hundreds of chapters of Russian adults remembering how as kids they experienced the loss of their parents and the horror of war. It is again and again the stories like the one my father (who lost his dad in the war) and my father in law ( who lost his mother in the war ) told me. How much can one take?

Curiosités esthétiques by Baudelaire Charles
Art reviews written by that cursed poet Charles Baudelaire. The title says it all. An esthetic curiosity.

Les Demoiselles de Concarneau by Georges Simenon
I should have finished this one. Well written, awful crime, poignant atmosphere. Maybe it was because it was the third Simenon in a row that I failed to finish it.

La Méditerranée by Fernand Braudel
Strongly recommended by Rick. The history of the Mediterranean explained by what happened in the mountains and the plains surrounding it. A book demanding full attention. Something I can rarely give nowadays.

The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina
Wanted to read that one, but it just happened that this book is at the bottom of the stack.

L'Afrique Fantome by Michel Leiris
Written by a famous sociologist when sociology was not famous yet. Africans and their ghosts. What can you say?

Trois tristes tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Good one! Funny and well written, really like it. But again, the pages demand an attention I cannot summon for longer periods.

Gabriela, girofle et cannelle : by Jorge Amado
Not started, no idea what it is about.

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans by David Abulafia
All the books above have been shoved aside by this one. The three first chapters are brilliant and super interesting. If I’ll manage to keep on gobbling the words and hanging to its phrases, this is the book I likely will finish first.

The three nominees are:

Most likely to be finished soon

Trois tristes tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Les Demoiselles de Concarneau by Georges Simenon
The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans by David Abulafia

Winner

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans by David Abulafia

Now let’s turn to the next category, the finished books, which is of course already an important sign of appreciation:

The Finished books

Fiction

The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan
Surprisingly good book written by a 19th century Countess, novelist, journalist, literary critic, poet, playwright, translator, editor and professor. She looks like your preferred Grandma but she is in fact the Spanish Mother of Naturalism and belief me, she narrates the things like they bloody well are. She didn’t make any friends with this book. Not with the Spanish Aristocracy, nor with the clerics, nor with the politicians. A recommendation!

Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
Another great book. A visit to a Mexican Ghost town inhabited by rambling skeletons. Loved it. I even managed to write a short review about it. That means something nowadays.

Scoop: A Novel About Journalists by Evelyn Waugh
Funny, British. A journalistic excursion into Africa during a “Coup d’état”.
Maybe the story is not even that exaggerated. Which makes it less funny than initially thought.

All the King's by Robert Penn Warren
Great book this one! The narration of a political henchman who loses his soul in the everyday business of Politics. Very well written, with looping describing sentences “à la Gogol” that go nowhere. Loved it, finished it in one go.

Lenz by Georg Büchner
Very short description of a man slipping into insanity. One of the first novels on such a topic.

The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas by Rick Harsch
A milestone! 700 pages of undiluted Rick Harsch, full of Americana and Anti-Americana.
A prose protest song from the wildest living word – artist alive. A joyful heir of Joyce.
Knowing Him, makes it even more fun. Fcuking Keno!

La Veuve Couderc by Georges Simenon and La maison du canal by G. Simenon
A nice discovery this year: my compatriot Georges Simenon. The House by the Canal is an interesting story but the writing is awful. It is of course one of the first of the many hundreds Simenon will write. The Widow Couderc is much better and the writer brilliantly describes a situation which is about to burst. Great writeri

The three nominees are

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas by Rick Harsch
The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan

Winner (Rick has got already his prize): All the King's by Robert Penn Warren

Non-fiction

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
Can’t really remember what this book was about. A famous writer loving his library? Yes, that will do as a description.

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
This book was recommended by a girl I met 2 years ago. “This book describes my Youth” she said. After reading Bukowski sobering narrative of growing up in solitude, with an abusive father, a weak mother and serious social issues, I hope she meant it figuratively.
I am afraid she didn’t.

Faber & Faber: The Untold Story of a Great Publishing House by Toby Faber
Interesting self-adulation of a famous publishing house. Interesting because printing and selling books involves big risks and needs good business sense. Not for Romantics.

Homage to QWERTYUIOP by Anthony Burgess
Love Burgess. This is British wit as we love it. Intelligent, sharp, cultured.

Les routages en course et en croisière by Jean-Yves Bernot
Computer aided navigation, Meteorology and Yacht race strategy by one of the most famous “routeurs” of sailing records. Love the books by Bernot for their sheer intelligence. The “Homo Ludens” at his best.

Winner

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

2baswood
Dec 21, 2019, 5:02pm

Good start to this thread - I don't think I have ever seen so many half-read books. Good to see you got through Ricks book - I did not realise it was so many pages.
The house of Ulloa sounds excellent. I read Scoop a long time ago, but no prizes for finishing that one. I will look out for La Veuve Couderc

3baswood
Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 6:12pm

My reading Oscars.
Best Book published this millennium which I have not read (yet):
The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas by Rick Harsch

Best Book Published This Millennium that I have Read

This is easy because I read only one Matter 2008 by Iain M Banks. it was a book from his culture series and it was't his best

On to those categories where there was a choice:

Best Science Fiction:
There was only one that received the coveted 5 stars: Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke published in 1953. The only one that came close was Excession `by ``Iain M Banks another one from the cultures series. Two other authors from the 1950's that were discoveries for me were Hal Clement Mission of Gravity and Jack Finney Body Snatchers. I think it is safe to say I am the only member of LT that owns The Barrens by Miha Remec

I read 23 science fiction books last year which included six from the 19th century; well before the genre of science fiction had been created and so I expected that some of the proto science fiction books might not be the greatest literature and I was not surprised.

Worst Science Fiction
Erasmus Darwin could conceivably be famous for being the grandfather of Charles Darwin, but not for The Temple of Nature, or the Origin of Society It was published after his death in 1802. It was a poem of over a thousand rhyming couplets. He had achieved some renown for his poem The Botanic Garden published during his lifetime, but The Temple of Nature (with philosophical notes) was one poem too many. Amazingly there are 10 other current members on LT that own up to having this book and I wonder how many of them thought they were getting something by Charles Darwin especially as the word origin features in the title.

Best 16th Century literature 1584-1590
I read 37 items; 21 of which were plays. There were 4 five star books: three of which were plays and one long poem

Thomas Kyd - The Spanish Tragedy
Philip Marlowe - The Jew of Malta
William Shakespeare - The Taming of the Shrew.
Edmund Spenser - The Faerie Queene (books 1-3)

I was a little surprised when I checked out the number of LT members that owned these books. I obviously thought that more would own the Taming of the Shrew (6,613) but was surprised by the number of people owning the Faerie Queene (2,024). The Jew of Malta had 382 owners and The Spanish Tragedy did better with 658.
Not every piece of literature was marvellous, but there were some discoveries I enjoyed Arden Of Feversham an anonymous play and two others by Philip Marlowe Dido Queen of Carthage and Tamburlaine the Great and a couple by George Peele The Arraignment of Paris and The Troublesome Reign of King John. Not a play but The Early Modern English Woman by Jane Anger was a good surprise

Worst 16th Century Literature
The worst play was The Famous Chronicle of King Edward I and although attributed to George Peele, it was probably a patched production that has come down to us in print. There were also some pretty awful romantic novels by Robert Greene.

Best of the Books From My Shelves
I read nothing later than The Ghost Road by Pat Barker 1995, but another female author Dorothy Baker Provided the best read with Young Man with a Horn 1938.
Honourable mentions for:
Nightwood - Djuna Barnes
Dead Man in Deptford - Anthony Burgess
The Mill on the Po - Riccardo Bacchelli
As Trains pass By, Katinka - Herbert Bang

The worst book was A History of the World in 10 and a half Chapters by Julian Barnes which scored even lower than The Beckett Trilogy

French Books
Le Grand Meaulnes turned out to be my favourite book of the year for all categories.

Autobiography
Three volumes by Simone de Beauvoir were a great reading experience and a history lesson for left wing readers.



4Macumbeira
Dec 31, 2019, 12:05am

Even when you read literature of times bygone, it is the being names that keep popping up.
Philip Marlowe - William Shakespeare - Edmund Spenser - After 400 years, this is a token of quality by itself!

Nice reflection Bas!

wish you great readings in 2020! Keep those reviews coming.

5blackdogbooks
Jan 5, 2020, 10:37am

Here's 2019's list for me -

1. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
2. Hemingway in Cuba by Hillary Hemingway
3. Moonheart by Charles de Lint
4. Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist
5. Lazy B by Sandra Day O’Connor
6. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
7. Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky
8. Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
9. The Water Knife by Paola Bacigalupi
10. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
11. The Passage by Justin Cronin
12. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
13. City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
14. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
15. The Fireman by Joe Hill
16. Earth Abides by George Stewart
17. SevenEves by Neal Stephenson
18. Wool by Hugh Howley
19. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
20. The Glass Castle by Jennette Walls
21. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
22. Quiet by Susan Cain
23. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
24. Place Last Seen by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman
25. Wastelands ed. By John Joseph Adams
26. The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint
27. Shadow of Thunder by Max Evans
28. Great Ghost Stories of the Old West ed. by Betty Baker
29. Robbers Rogues and Ruffians: True Tales of the Wild West by Howard Bryan
30. Nightmares in the Sky by Stephen King and f-stop Fitzgerald
31. The Earps Talk ed. by Alford Turner
32. Doc by Mary Doria Russell
33. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz
34. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
35. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
36. No-No Boy by John Okada
37. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
38. Day Out of Days: Stories by Sam Shepard
39. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
40. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
41. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
42. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
43. A Long Way Down by Randall Silvis
44. The Man from the Train, Discovering America’s Most Elusive Serial Killer by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James (NF)
45. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
46. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
47. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
48. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
49. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
50. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
51. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
52. Bad Debts by Peter Temple
53. For Writers Only by Sophy Burnham
54. Leaves of Grass, The Death-Bed Edition by Walt Whitman
55. When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

My favorites this year are mostly Non-Fiction, but the Fiction favorite was easily Barabbas by Lagerkvist, with honorable mentions to Day Out of Days by Shepard and Long Way Down by Silvis.

For Non-Fiction - Lazy B by O'Connor, The Man From the Train by James, Quiet by Cain.

Leaves of Grass obviously stands on its own as a universal favorite.

6blackdogbooks
Jan 9, 2020, 2:37pm

So, I realized while listening to the radio that I forgot to list a book on last year's list, and it was a good one, one that even prompted me to write a review.

Book #56 by Born to Run Bruce Springsteen

My Review on the book's home page:

Long before Dylan was unexpectedly awarded the Nobel for literature, I was thinking about Springsteen. His music is almost uniquely story driven, the albums like novels. There are other songwriters who tell stories but none so consummately as The Boss, and none with the same sensitivity to the literary concepts of story and character. Here’s what he had to say on the nature of his writing and writing in general in Born to Run:

“The precision of these types of songs is very important. The correct detail can speak volumes about who your character is, while one can shred the credibility of your story. When you get the music and lyrics right, your voice disappears into the voices you've chosen to write about. Basically, with these songs, I find the characters and listen to them. That always leads to a series of questions about their behavior. What would they do? What would they never do? You need to locate the rhythm of their speech and the nature of their expression. But all the telling detail in the world doesn't matter if the song lacks an emotional center. That's something you have to pull out of yourself form the commonality you feel with the man or woman you're writing about. By pulling these elements together as well as you can, you shed light on their lives and honor their experiences.”

The autobiography is a frank accounting of his career but also, and more importantly, his own internal life. Given the sensitivity of his music, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that his non-lyrical writing should be so sensitive. But the quality and poetry of the writing suggests a very literary mind. With the often raucous, bar-band music, the lyrics can get lost. It’s why Reagan missed that Born in the USA was a protest song and not a feel-good patriotic romp. I dare you to listen to the lyrics of that song and not be deeply affected.

Even more amazing is that he writes about lives he’s never really had. Sure, you’ll learn in the book about his hard-nose, and often drunk, father, and the hardscrabble youth. But he even admits that he’s made all these characters and stories up out of whole cloth – listen to the Broadway show song Growing Up for the confession. Springsteen should have gotten the Nobel.

The best part of the book is easily the last hundred pages, as he writes about the death of Clarence Clemmons, facing his own mortality, and a long battle with depression. He handles these topics of loss and faith and purpose better than most anything out in the modern fiction world these days.

Bottom Line: It helps if you’re a music fan, and certainly if you’re a Boss fan, but this is a great and literary book.

5 bones!!!!!

7baswood
Jan 9, 2020, 4:40pm

>6 blackdogbooks: Enjoyed your excellent review

8Macumbeira
Jan 10, 2020, 12:01am

and therefore thumbed !

9baswood
Edited: Jan 10, 2020, 3:34am

>8 Macumbeira: of course

10blackdogbooks
Jan 10, 2020, 11:15am

Thank you, gentlemen!

11Crypto-Willobie
Jan 10, 2020, 11:34pm

FICTION Read in 2019, as best as I can remember... not counting quite a number of short stories, and books I started and didn't finish.

Vladimir Nabokov
- Real Life of Sebastian Knight
- Ada, or Ardor
- Pale Fire (reread)
- Pnin

Avram Davidson
- Phoenix and the Mirror

Forrest Leo
- The Gentleman

William Boyd
- Any Human Heart

Richard Russo
- Everybody's Fool
- Chances Are...

Margot Livesey
- Mercury

Anatole France
- Revolt of the Angels

John Banville
- Eclipse

Patricia Wentworth
- Case of William Smith

Robert Nathan
- Stonecliff
- River Journey

Charles De Lint
- Dreams Underfoot

Peter Lovesey
- The Circle
- The Last Detective
- Diamond Dust
- The Headhunters
- The Tooth Tattoo

Alan Garner
-Owl Service

Herman Melville
- Moby-Dick

Keith Donahue
- Stolen Child

Thomas Pynchon
- Gravitys Rainbow

NONFICTION. I read quite a lot of nonfiction but most of it was chapters in or parts of books, and articles in journals or collections. Some of it online.

Jeremy Lopez
- Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama

Tom Rutter
- Shakespeare and the Admiral's Men : reading across repertories on the London stage, 1594-1600

Hugh Craig
- Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama: Beyond Authorship

Daryl Sanders
- That thin, wild Mercury sound : Dylan, Nashville, etc

12baswood
Jan 11, 2020, 3:32am

Was that a first reading of Moby-Dick?

I have read and enjoyed recently Anatole France's Revolt of the Angels.

13Crypto-Willobie
Edited: Jan 13, 2020, 9:20am

That was indeed a first (complete) reading of Moby-Dick. I tried once before and only got about 50 pages in. To tell the truth I didn't care for it very much. I think it would be a better book if about 40% of it were discarded -- mainly the Dummies Guide to 19th Century Whaling bits and the cod-ancient-history of whales and whaling which were just tedious and didn't add anything -- at least not for me. The actual narrative concerning the characters was pretty good. But over all its rep as a Great American Novel puzzles me.

14Macumbeira
Jan 11, 2020, 10:01am

"To tell the truth I didn't care for it very much. I think it would be a better book if about 40% of it were discarded -"

I do not agree with that. It is exactly that which makes Moby so Modern!

15lriley
Jan 11, 2020, 10:06am

2019 went this way for me from start to finish:

1. Cry Mother Spain--Lydie Salvayre--a Goncourt winner. I've read Salvayre several times. This one is set in Spanish Civil War Spain.
2. Patient X--David Peace---a novelistic treatment by Peace of the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa
3. Operation Gladio--Paul L. Williams--makes a case for an alliance between the Vatican, the CIA and the Mafia.
4. Chicago--Sam Shepard--a play.
5. The wrecking light--Robin Robertson--poetry.
6. Brown Man in white light--Deben Roy--yet to be released by Riverboat but it is really really good.
7. Field of Honour--Max Aub--back to the Spanish Civil War. Liked it a lot.
8. The spirit of Mediterranean places--Michel Butor--early Butor work about his travels around North Africa and the Mediterranean.
9. Among the lost--Emiliano Monge--noirish work set in Mexico--coyotes and human trafficking.
10. The Anarchist who shared my name--Pablo Martin Sanchez--it's great. Buy it. That's all I'm going to say.
11. Mother comes of age--Driss Chraibi--a woman finding her voice in 50's Morocco.
12. Sea above Sun below--George Salis--another great book coming out out from Riverboat.
13. One hundred twenty one days--Michele Audin--I've kind of lost the plot but I do remember it as really good. She's an Oulipo writer.
14. The battle for Home--Marwa al-Sadouni--an architect describing life in and the civil wars going on in Syria. Excellent. One of my favorites in 2019.
15. The Iffland Ring--Alta Ifland--asked to read it. It's great--whether it'll be published or not someday I don't know.
16. The game of War--Andrew Hussey--a biography of Guy Debord.
17. Fielding the stream of consciousness--Dubravka Ugresic--Excellent, noirish, very witty.
18. Six degrees of separation--John Guare--a play. Very good.
19. Dancing Arabs--Sayed Kashua--a novel about Palestine/Israel.
20. Night of the long goodbyes--Erik Martiny--coming out from Riverboat.
21. The diaries of Emilio Renzi: the happy years--Ricardo Piglia. I'm a fan of Piglia's---this takes us up to the years of the Argentine Dirty War.
22. The motorcycle diaries--Che Guevara.
23. Solovyov and Larionov--Yevgeni Vodolozkin--a novel by a historian linking the Russian civil war to the present. It's pretty good.
24. Topdog/Underdog--Suzan-Lori Parks--a play. Love the title---it's excellent.
25. Stromboli/An angel of Sodom--David Vardeman--two of the stories from an upcoming collection by Vardeman coming out on Riverboat.
26. A half century of occupation--Gershon Shafir--about the Israel/Palestine conflict.
27. A general theory of oblivion--Jose Eduardo Agualusa--set in post colonial Angola an aging woman seals herself off from the rest of her society. Great book.
28. All the devils are here--David Seabrook--struggled through it.
29. Midwinter break--Bernard MacLaverty--like MacLaverty a lot. Have read most of his books.
30. The remainder--Alia Trabucco Zeran--set in contemporary Chile. It's very good.
31. Wolf Moon--Julio Llamazares--post civil war Spain. Guerillas taking to the hills to continue their war. I liked it.
32. The battle of Venezuela--Michael McCaughan. McCaughan wrote the bio on Rodolfo Walsh. This is a look at the Chavez revolution.
33. From the shadows--Juan Jose Millas--Spanish writer. A bit too cute for me.
34. Lord of all the dead--Javier Cercas. Wonderful book. Cercas tracing back his own family history to the Spanish Civil War.
35. Walk like a Duck--Rick's baseball book following his son Arjun around Southern Europe from one little league tournament to the next. A lot of fun.
36. Pop. 1280--Jim Thompson--50's American noir. Recommended by the Fall's Mark E. Smith.
37. Homicide: A year on the killing streets--David Simon. Simon the main inspiration behind the television series The Wire following the detectives of Baltimore's murder squad for a year. Excellent.
38. A necessary action--Per Wahloo--one of the world's best noir writers. This one set in Spain--it's good but not his best.
39. Autopsy of a father--Pascale Kramer--the death of a disgraced academic seen through the eyes of his daughter.
40. Minty Alley--C. L. R. James--1936 novel set in the West Indies. I liked it.
41. The Kincora scandal--Chris Moore--pedophile ring with links to Northern Irish loyalists and British conservative politicians.
42. Mydriasis/To the icebergs--J. M. G. Le Clezio--I'm a big fan of Le Clezio but this is not the first thing you'd want to read by him.
43. Nada--Jean-Patrick Manchette--best noir writer ever IMO. Anarchists kidnap American ambassador from Paris brothel. Ends in a bloody mess like almost all of his books. My daughter calls Jackson Pollock 'the splatter guy'--Manchette is the splatter writer.
44. The Manifold destiny of Eddie Vegas--Rick Harsch. Great great book. Melville meets Foster Wallace.
45. The book of chameleons--Jose Eduardo Agualusa--excellent but not quite as good as general theory of oblivion.
46. Until stones become lighter than water--Antonio Lobo Antunes--Antunes is another of my favorites. Great book.
47. Say Nothing--Patrick Radden Keefe--another tremendous book. Obama has it as one of his favorites too.
48. I, Tituba Black witch of Salem--Maryse Conde--very subversive. Subversive is always a good thing when it comes to the arts.
49. Cypress Avenue--David Ireland--a play. Ireland's kind of mining the same territory as Martin McDonagh and he does it really well. Very funny.
50. Flights--Olga Tokarczuk---she won the Nobel. I wanted to see and this was excellent. Currently reading her Drive your plow.
51. Ulster American--David Ireland--a play. I liked the one so much I went straight on to the next.
52. The Corner--David Simon and Ed Burns---a return to Baltimore--a year on the drug corners.
53. Atomik Aztex--Sesshu Foster--a re-read. Great book.
54. Bye Bye Blondie--Virginie Despentes. Everything I've read by Despentes has been great. She's another great subversive.
55. Party Headquarter--Georgi Tenev--I liked it but sometimes I had a hard time following the thread.
56. An impalpable certain rest--Short story collection that hopefully gets published. Canadian writer from Newfoundland.
57. Insurrecto--Gina Apostol--somewhat about the American colonial war in the Philippines but set in the present. It's excellent.
58. A different sea--Claudio Magris. Very good.
59. The dregs of the day--Mairtin O'Cadhain---very good as well. Loved his The dirty dust.

16Crypto-Willobie
Jan 11, 2020, 10:07am

>14 Macumbeira:
Yeah, well, it didn't work for me. For proto-modern give me Tristram Shandy.

17RickHarsch
Jan 11, 2020, 11:32am

Is that a new Antunes, or a newly translated?

18blackdogbooks
Jan 11, 2020, 12:06pm

It's a whale of a fight!!!

19lriley
Jan 11, 2020, 12:30pm

#17--first published in Portugal in 2017 and recently translated. There's supposed to be another coming out titled Exortation of the Crocodiles or something like that. Dalkey Archive has been teasing about that for about two years now anyway--you'll find it listed there but nobody has it--not at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Abebooks or anywhere else. Don't ask why--I don't know. It has a blurb and a translator even.

20RickHarsch
Jan 13, 2020, 1:02am

New from Antonio Lobo Antunes: A Blurb and a Translator

21lriley
Edited: Jan 13, 2020, 4:17am

#20---The title is actually Warning to the Crocodiles--and you can find the cover of it at Dalkey and at Amazon. But it's listed by Amazon as unavailable with no publishing date. There is nothing at Abebooks or Barnes and Noble. The translator is Rhett McNeil. There's a cover as well at Goodreads--all the reviews except one very short one are in other languages. No one had added it at LT but if you typed it into your add books it shows up and there's a 2020 publishing date. This thing has been in the works for well over a year though--I'd say maybe even 2 and a half. I think I may have even discussed it with you here sometime in the past.

22berthirsch
Feb 10, 2020, 1:57pm

>15 lriley:
always interested to hear what you are reading. Regarding
Robertson- I loved, loved The Long Take and with Dubravka Ugresic loved FOX.
I was so fortunate to see the original production of Topdog/underdog at The Public Theater starring Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle- powerful and memorable.