Review no 116: The Transmigration of Bodies by Mexican author Yuri Herrera

AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN Translated by Lisa Dillman This novella, first published in 2013, and published in English translation by And Other Stories in 2016, comes in at barely 100 pages, so I was able to read it in a single day. Set during a mysterious mosquito-borne pandemic, I found it to be a comically […]

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 […]