IFFP 2015 and March readings

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You may be wondering why this time I didn’t announce the books I was planning to read in March.

Well, I was waiting for the IFFP longlist, as I have the honor to be part of the Shadow panel of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 2015

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The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 will honour the best work of fiction by a living author that has been translated into English from any other language and published in the United Kingdom in 2014.

Stay up-to-date with the Prize on Twitter@Booktrust and #IFFP.

As For The Shadow Panel, in existence since 2012 I believe, Tony one of his founders speaks about it on his blog as:

“a bunch of intrepid bloggers attempting to read all fifteen longlisted titles for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and second guessing the opinions of the real panel”

I think the Shadow panel also came to life because some bloggers were questioning the title chosen for the prize.
We are 11 bloggers this year as judges, originally from the US, UK, France, India and Australia.

The longlist was finally revealed, and ideally, I should be reading the following titles before April 9th, when the official shortlist will be revealed:

1. Bloodlines by Marcello Fois, translated by Silvester Mazzarella (MacLehose)
= may or may not

2. Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard, tr. Don Bartlett (Harvill Secker)
=
will not.
Too long. Plus it’s already the 3rd volume of amega autobiography à la Proust.
I had tried a bit volume 1 and was not impressed

3. By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel, tr. Jethro Soutar (And Other Stories)
= currently reading

4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami,
tr. Philip Gabriel (Harvill Secker)
= read, reviewed, and loved a lot!

5. F by Daniel Kehlman, tr. Carol Brown Janeway (Quercus)
=
have and will read

6. In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomas Gonzalez, tr. Frank Wynne (Pushkin)
=
requested

7. Look Who’s Back by Timur Vernes, tr. Jamie Bulloch (Maclehose)
=
on its way to me

8. The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, tr. Andrew Bromfield (Peirene)
= requested

9. The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, tr. Susan Bernofsky (Portobello)
=
may be able to start reading it tomorrow

10. The Giraffe’s Neck by Judith Schalansky, tr. Shaun Whiteside (Bloomsbury)
=
have and will read

11. The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee, tr. Chi-Young Kim (Pan Macmillan)
=
may or may not

12. The Last Lover by Can Xue, tr, Annelise Finegan (Yale University Press)
=
requested

13. The Ravens by Tomas Bannerhed, tr. Sarah Death (Clerkenwell)
=
requested

14. Tiger Milk by Stephanie De Velasco, tr. Tim Mohr (Head of Zeus)
=
may or may not

15. While the Gods Were Sleeping by Erwin Mortier, tr. Paul Vincent (Pushkin)
=
requested

Really exciting to see 3 books published by Quercus/Maclehose here, a publisher I enjoy a lot and feature on my sidebar.
Disjointed though that there’s no book this year translated from the French

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
OF THESE AUTHORS?
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE FOREIGN LANGUAGE AUTHOR?

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Book review: Alex. I love France #125

I LOVE FRANCE!
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Alex
(Verhœven Trilogy #2)

Alex
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Alex
By
Pierre Lemaitre
Translated by Frank Wynne

Publisher: Quercus
US Pub. Date: September 2013
Originally published in French in 2011
ISBN978-1623651244

Pagespaperback, 368
Genre:
Crime Fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher

Goodreads

 The Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger (2013),
Kono Mystery ga Sugoi for Best Translated Mystery Novel of the Year in Japan (2015)

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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I recently presented to you Irène, so this is the sequel: Alex. Very good too, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s definitely not your usual crime fiction.

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Book review: Irène. I love France #124

I LOVE FRANCE!
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Irène
(Verhœven Trilogy #1)

Irene
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Irène
By
Pierre Lemaitre
Translated by Frank Wynne 

Publisher: Quercus
US Pub. Date: December 9, 2014
Originally published in French in 2006
ISBN978-1623658007

PagesHC, 464
Genre:
Crime Fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher

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Grand prix du roman noir
(Festival du film policier de Cognac)
for roman policier (2006)

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

 

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I have a confession to make to you: I’m usually not into crime fiction. But Irène blew my mind!
It was the first novel by Pierre Lemaitre. For some reason, it was not translated in English at the time. Then came the 2nd volume, Alex, which got more attention because of a movie version. It was translated n English. Then it seems English readers thought it was really good and now they wanted also volume 1!
I was fortunate enough not to read Alex first, and I highly encourage you to read the books in the correct order, you will get so much more, and I promise you quite a ride!

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