2021 books in translation reading challenge

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I haven’t participated in this challenge for several years.
So far, as I prepare this post, I have read 17 books in translation in 2020 (plus 28 books in French), so this is not really a challenge. I’m joining more for the social aspect and connecting with other readers of world literature.
So am shooting for the Linguist Level = 10+, I wish there were a higher level.
SO I HAVE ACTUALLY DECIDED TO CHALLENGE MYSELF TO 20 BOOKS

I will be updating the list here as I go along.
I start the year with the Japanese Literature Challenge, so by the end of March, I should already have read 9 books in translation.

The links will send you to my review

  1. The Book of Psalms
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 1/6/21
  2. The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima
    translated from the Japanese
    by Meredith Weatherby
    finished on 1/16/21
  3. Some Prefer Nettles, by Junichiro Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese
    by Edward G. Seidensticker
    finished on 1/22/21
  4. The Book of Job
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 1/23/21
  5. N.P., by Banana Yoshimoto
    translated from the Japanese
    by Ann Sherif
    finished on 1/25/2021
  6. In Praise of Shadows, by Junichiro Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese
    by Edward G. Seidensticker
    and Thomas J. Harper
    finished on 2/4/21
  7. The Book of Proverbs
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 2/8/21
  8.  A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, by Junichirō Tanizaki
    translated by Paul McCarthy
    finished on 2/9/21
  9. The Half-Finished Heavenby Tomas Tranströmer
    translated from the Swedish
    by Robert Bly
    finished on 2/13/21
  10. Dans l’œil du démon / Devils in Daylight, by Junichirō Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese into French by Patrick Honoré and Ryoko Sekiguchi
    finished on 2/13/21

Recap of languages translated from:
Hebrew: 3
Japanese: 6
Swedish: 1

Book review: Civilizations

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by Laurent Binet
Grasset
08/14/2019
The book is not yet available in English
Literary fiction/Historical fiction
370 pages

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As Civilizations is not yet available in English, and I got it through Netgalley.fr, I will do a bilingual review here, with the French first.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié deux livres de Laurent Binet: La septième fonction du langage et HHhH, pas encore recensé. J’ai donc saisi l’occasion lorsque j’ai découvert qu’il venait de publier Civilizations. On dit Jamais deux sans trois, mais en fait ce n’est pas toujours vrai, et j’ai été très déçue par celui-ci.

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National Poetry Month April 2018

A blogger friend of mine asked me to do a video for

National Poetry Month

Here it is:

NB: click on YOUTUBE at the bottom right corner of the video to see the links I mention in the video

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE POET?