Women of Karantina by Nael Eltoukhy


The Severed Finger Is Never Abscessed

The reviewer, who was in the habit of using words to describe his feelings on what he’d recently read, could not find the words he was in the habit of using. To put in another way, he was at a loss for words. There are other, more important things that you, the prospective reader of this review, should know about this particular reviewer as well. There are other facts that we should share with you. For starters, he’s woefully under-equipped when it comes to critiquing Arabic literature. He knows little of the social or political climates that lead to frequent periods of unrest in Egypt. Secondly, and perhaps far more telling, reading Eltoukhy’s novel left him with a near debilitating fear of train stations. We shall address this absurdly unfortunate side effect more in due time. For now, let us begin where these thing generally seem to begin, at the beginning.

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5 Books That We’d Pay to See Translated into English

5 Books That We'd Pay to See Translated into English

Shit. The title of this post is a bit misleading no? I mean, we’d absolutely love to see the books listed below get translated into the English language sooner rather than later, but full disclosure, we don’t exactly have the cash lying around to make this dream a reality. Let’s say instead that these are the 5 books we’re dying to read in translation that we can’t, because no one has tackled them yet. Any takers out there?

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New in Translation: March 2015


According to the Visual Guide to Translated Fiction there are 35 works being published in March that are new in translation. If you want to check out the full list go here, and then click on March. Today I’ll point out the 7 that have caught my eye and I’ll do this live (barely) from underneath 84 inches of pure white snow.

Please, allow me to be your informer. A licky boom-boom down.

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Crime Novel by Petri Tamminen


Put a Little Love in Your Heart

How many times have you heard that tired old phrase about never judging a book by its cover? When it comes to Petri Tamminen’s Crime Novel, a book that features a giant fingerprint and the word “Crime” in a rather large black font on its front, no one would blame you for thinking that what you’re about to read is a classic detective story. Heck, fingerprint aside, the title alone all but implies this. Don’t get me wrong, there is a police inspector in this one, and much of the surface plot does revolve around him tracking the whereabouts of an elusive felon, but there’s much, much more at work here then simply taking a quick glance at the cover would lead you to believe. Trust me friends, this one is anything but your standard game of cat and mouse.

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