Book review: Valerie

Valerie

Valerie
by Sara Stridsberg
Translated from the Swedish by
Deborah Bragan-Turner
MacLehose Press
8/6/2019
Originally published as Drömfakulteten
in 2006
Genre: Fiction
352 pages

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Tomorrow April 18, I’ll post here the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with for the Man Booker International 2019.
I was part of this adventure four years ago, but at the time I DNFed a lot of the books longlisted.
This time, I managed to read 12 out of the 13 books. And to be a better judge, I refrained from DNFing the three books I found quite bad, including Valerie (US title) or The Faculty of Dreams (UK title), one that I found absolutely horrible.
On a regular basis, I would never finish such a book, and certainly not bother taking time to present it on my blog, but as it’s part of this adventure, I feel I have to.
Another unusual feat for me is also that I presented to you these 12 books in good time.

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Book review: Celestial Bodies

Celestial Bodies

Celestial Bodies
by Jokha Alharthi
Translated from the Arabic/Omani by
Marilyn Booth
Sandstone Press
6/21/2018
Originally published as
in 2010
Genre: Literary Fiction
243 pages

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One asset of the Man Booker International 2019 longlist was to have us travel to lots of different places. I would bet that many of you have never read a book about Oman. I had not either, before Celestial Bodies, even though my traveling through books has been quite diversified.

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Book review: The Death of Murat Idrissi

The Death of Murat Idrissi

The Death of Murat Idrissi
by Tommy Wieringa
Translated from the Dutch by
Sam Garrett
Scribe UK
1/10/2019
Originally published as
De dood van Murat Idrissi
in 2017
Genre: Literary Fiction
112 pages

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Of the last three books of the Man Booker International 2019 longlist I plan to present here, today is the last one I found good enough to be on my own personal shortlist. The Death of Murat Idrissi offers a powerful look at the very dramatic issues of immigration in France.

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