Chronicle of the Murdered House

It takes a gay writer to bring a Catholic country back to its sense of love and sin, good and evil, and moral justice. The road is very long, but the actual miles travelled are very few, as almost all

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Cold moons

Summer has been so hot down south, but the Nordic midsummer is uncharacteristically cold, even for here, that you might be missing real winter already. Time for some Icelandic poetry. Cold Moons by Magnús Sigurðsson, translated by Meg Matich, draws

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Finland 100: The wolf’s bride

If you’re still looking for somewhere to go on holiday this summer, why not try Estonia’s second largest island, Hiiumaa, which looks like a lovely peaceful place where you can get really close to nature? Read this book before you

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Standing on Earth

Is a pomegranate a grenade-apple, a cluster of garnets, or a something else? Moshen Emadi has some ideas: Emadi’s Standing on Earth, translated from the Persian by Lyn Coffin, is a Phoneme Media production. I love this publisher for its windows on worlds

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Finland 100: a midsummer train ride

  “Have you heard about the iron road?” “Iron road?” “yes, iron tracks, and on it, an iron horse that eats whole logs instead of hay, it’s a bit like the Suomela steam boat, only of course it doesn’t have paddles, it

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The House in Smyrna

The key to The House in Smyrna is in Rio. Her grandfather brought it with him on the boat when he emigrated from Turkey. His granddaughter was born in Portugal, and is travelling all the way back, to see if it still

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Fleur Jaeggy’s Cat

Susan Sontag calls her savage, Josef Brodsky calls her extraordinary,  and the Paris Review calls her book downright lovely. There isn’t much one can add to that. Fleur Jaeggy’s latest collection, translated by Gini Alhadeff, is out next month and you

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