The Cold Centre by Inka Parei


Humankind Is At The Centre Of All Efforts

Time has a funny way of playing tricks on us. So to do our memories. We may remember something that happened to us decades ago in vivid detail. Ask us to describe a situation that we were involved in just last week however and we might fumble over the details and struggle to conjure a picture of the event in our mind’s eye. Even when we’re absolutely certain that our memories hold the truth they may not tell the whole story. What we’re convinced we witnessed may only be a small piece of a much larger picture. In Inka Parei’s stunning puzzler The Cold Centre, a nameless man must reexamine the recollections of his past in a desperate race against time. If he wants to have any hope of saving his ex-wife Martha’s life, he’ll need to unravel the mystery at the heart of an emotionally charged event from over twenty years ago, one that altered the course of his life forever.

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist


We continue to play awards list catch-up with our look at the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist. This award was formerly known as the Orange prize, way before it was formerly known as simply the Women’s Prize. Now of course, it’s sponsored by a brand of alcohol! What could be better than that? It recognizes the best pieces of fiction written by women over the last 12 months and is described on its official website as:

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New in Translation: April 2015


According to the Visual Guide to Translated Fiction there are 47 works being published in April that are new in translation. If you want to check out the full list go here, and then click on April.

Today we’ll take a closer look at the 8 books that have caught our attention. Okay fine, technically 9 books, because Per Petterson has both a short story collection and a novel being published in April, both of which have been translated by Don Bartlett. We’ll lump those 2 together so some other worthy titles can also be highlighted…you know, like that OTHER Don Bartlett translation that everyone is so excited about finally reading.

You can’t start a fire without a spark, or find love sitting ’round here crying over a broken heart, or something along those general lines, so let’s get to it, shall we?

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