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 […]

Review no 54: The Attack, book by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria)

Translated from the French by John Cullen NORTH AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume used by veteran Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who now lives in France. He has written several novels that have been translated into English, including this one, The Attack, which has been shortlisted for […]