Book review: The Travels of Daniel Ascher – I love France #154

I LOVE FRANCE
And maybe you do too!
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The Travels of Daniel Ascher

The Travels of Daniel Ascher

The Travels of Daniel Ascher
(Les voyages de Daniel Ascher)
by
Déborah Lévy-Bertherat

Translator
Adriana Hunter


Publisher:  Other Press
ISBN: 9781590517079

Pages: 189
US publication date: 26th May 2015

Genre:  Literary fiction
Source: Received from the publisher

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I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.

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2015 Translation  New Authors 2015

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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I just received this beautiful literary novel from Other Press, the first book they send me, thank you! The Travels of Daniel Ascher addresses a very important page of French history. But it’s much more than that. It’s also a book within a book. Open to new literary horizons, try something new right now!
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Book review: Suspended Sentences – I love France #153

I LOVE FRANCE
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Suspended Sentences

 

 

Suspended Sentences audio

Suspended Sentences
by Patrick Modiano
Translated by Mark Polizzotti

Narrated by
Bronson Pinchot, Sean Runnette, Arthur Morey

Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins

Release Date: 12/23/14

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.Blackstone Audio

Genre:  literary fiction /novellas

Source: Received from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Rue des boutiques obscures was my first encounter with Patrick Modiano‘s writing, when I was a young teen, and I have enjoyed him ever since. I thought it would be interesting to see what it feels like to read him in English. I know, this sounds weird, but an opportunity came up to actually listen to Suspended Sentences.
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IFFP 2015 shadow panel winner

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  •  Invite 11 book bloggers from the US, UK, India, Australia, and France
  • Serve them the 15 books longlisted for the IFFP 2015
  • let them munch on them for a month, until they decide which 6 novels are delightful to their reading palate
  • let them argue and discuss through a week of numerous email exchanges
  • finally have them vote

and the winner of the year is…:

The End of Days

 

The End of Days
(Aller Tage Abend)
by Jenny Erpenbeck,
tr. Susan Bernofsky

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 27th 2014
by New Directions Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 978-0811221924

Literary awards:
Deutscher Buchpreis Nominee for Longlist (2012), Joseph-Breitenbach-Preis (2013)

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A worthy runner-up was Zone, by Mathias Énard, which I did not manage to finish myself, even though it is originally a French novel…

 Read my review here
Read reviews by the other shadow panelists
My final verdict for this title was:

Great piece of literature reflecting on life circumstances and how a small detail could change everything. Illustrated with a unique original structure and writing style. Perfect if you enjoy trying something different.

Tonight, the official IFFP winner will be announced. As this book is part of the official short-list, it may indeed be the official winner.

The IFFP Shadow Panel has been a very interesting experience. It was great sharing with others reading the same books.
Also, I was even more able to appreciate the benefits of my local library and our library network. So many others complained of not finding the books: all the ones I wanted to read I got from my library, and on time, except one!
I discovered 3 amazing authors (Bannerhed, Erpenbeck and Ismailov, whom I may not have heard about otherwise). I repeat that, even if it is not our winner Bannerhed’s book is so far my favorite book read this year.

BUT at the same time, I started and DNFed a good number of books. Seeing the huge number of titles on my TBR, and in there books my authors I enjoy very much on a regular basis, it did feel like a waste of time. Plus I had so many other books already scheduled for review when  signed up, so there was a lot of pressure.

So I am not sure I will participate again next year. The main thing will be not to sign up for scheduled review in May, and see then if the longlist can be potentially interesting. The American equivalent version of this award is very good too, but the longlist is way too long to commit myself to it. Or I may do something with their shortlist. We’ll see, stay tuned!

 

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF IFFP BOOKS?
WHICH ONE WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR WINNER?