Review no 126: Three Apples Fell from the Sky by Narine Abgaryan (Armenia)

NORTH AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, CENTRAL ASIA AND THE SOUTH CAUCASUS Translated from the Russian by Lisa C. Hayden First published in Russian in 2015, Three Apples fell from the Sky is a whimsical and fable-like book by the Armenian writer Narine Abgaryan. It features a huge cast of characters living in the isolated mountain village …

Review no 63: Too Long a Solitude, book by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (1914-97)

Translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim EUROPE I’d heard lot of praise for communist-, samizdat-era writer Bohumil Hrabal, so he felt like the obvious initial choice for a Czech writer. The protagonist of Too Loud of Solitude works feeding books – and occasional families of mice – into a paper compacting machine, in …