We asked Stu Allen, behind the Winstonsdad's Blog (over 1000 reviews of translated fiction and counting) as well as creator of #translationthurs, to come up with a few lists for us, sharing his passion of reading the world. Here is the first one - and it's all about Norway.
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Gohril Gabrielsen£12.00 £11.40
Ankomst by Gøhril Gabrielsen is a study of a woman losing her mind in the far north of Norway. She has gone to look at the birds and see if climate change has affected them, but alone and waiting for her lover she loses her sense of what is real.
Kenneth Moe£9.99 £9.49
A man rejected tries to write a letter. Again this book has a sense of the loneliness of modern life, as the protagonist starts to open up in the letter he is writing.
The Bell in the Lake: The Sister Bells Trilogy Vol. 1: The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month
Lars Mytting£9.99 £9.49
This historical novel follows a small village as the church is about to be taken down. We learn how the bell in the church was made and funded. This leads to the story of the conjoined twins that lead to it being there. Myth and history mix here.
The Other Name: Septology I-II
Jon Fosse£12.99 £12.34
by Jon Fosse Fosse is often mentioned as a potential Nobel prize winner. Here is the first part of what is considered his masterpiece. The story of two people with the same name, Alse. One a drunk and another is happily married. Both are painters we meet them in what has been called slow prose by the writer; subtle writing at its best.
Boat in the Evening
Tarjei Vesaas£9.95 £9.45
This book by Tarjei Vesaas leads us into the classic, and another subtle writer that links in with my first book as it is also set in the far north and is a collection of stories that display the nature and cruelty of the north in equal parts. A must read writer !