Tag Archives: Reading Around the World

Fiction from the Haitian Revolution: ‘Dance on the Volcano’ by Marie Vieux-Chauvet

This time last year, I started learning about the Haitian revolution.  I’m a devoted fan of Mike Duncan’s history podcasts, and December 2015 was when he started a new series about this little known but hugely significant event.   The Haitian revolution … Continue reading

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Dark and Disturbing: ‘The Piano Teacher’ by Elfriede Jelinek (1983)

It’s very hard to know where to start with reviewing Jelinek’s ‘The Piano Teacher’; it’s one of those short books that contains such explosive force that once the book has been opened and read it seems impossible to pack the subsequent barrage of … Continue reading

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Long before Youtube kitten videos: ‘I am a Cat’ by Natsume Sōseki (1905-6)

It can be hard to think outside the box when you’re as devoted to book lists and recommendations as I am.  Still, sometimes I think I manage to read something a bit more unexpected.  Take this autumn for example, when, … Continue reading

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A frightening escape from reality: ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Juan Pablo Villalobos (2010)

‘Some people say I’m precocious.  They say it mainly because they think I know difficult words for a little boy.  Some of the difficult words I know are: sordid, disastrous, immaculate, pathetic and devastating.  There aren’t really that many people … Continue reading

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The Korean ‘A Little Life’: Human Acts by Han Kang (2016)

Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian‘ was one of my top reads from 2016.  It was great to know that I wasn’t alone; for much of the year ‘The Vegetarian’ has featured on the ‘staff picks’ and ‘best read’ sections of my favourite bookshops, … Continue reading

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