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The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago 1989

A proof reader, guardian of textual correctness both grammatical and factual, rewrites history. In doing so he rewrites his life and Portugal’s founding fiction. Could ideological fiction’s bad name be down to the greatness of some of its practitioners? 1,552 more words

Literary Fiction

The skinny reader

Nowadays hardly anyone comes into a library and asks for a skinny little book. Which is a pity, as there are some terrific reads that fit the “ 356 more words


A Heart So White by Javier Marías

I often reread a favourite book during the dark days of winter. It’s usually something like The Great Gatsby, but this year I chose… 1,572 more words

Book Reviews

Happy Birthday To Me.... (or rather, an excuse for more books!)

Yes, more books have arrived and been loaded onto the shelves in the past two weeks. And since I do find it hard (believe me, I do) to justify this massive addition so soon after the even more… 459 more words

Diaries & Letters

The Infatuations

The Infatuations is absorbing, unnerving, compulsive and curious.  Javier Marías has created a deeply interior, psychological mystery that frustrates as much as it mesmerises, drawing us into a voyeuristic, morally ambiguous landscape. 551 more words


Snippet: American anthology of Spanish-language fiction

It was put on sale already in September 2014: A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, by Valerie Miles.

Some information by the publisher:

A Thousand Forests in One Acorn: An Anthology of Spanish-Language Fiction… 66 more words

Novels in Translation: A Link to 5 Choices

All of the choices described in this great post from Knopf Doubleday are fantastic novels, and their translations come highly recommended. Read the piece and add a new book to your “To Read” list. 25 more words