Archive for December, 2011

The Savage Detectives

Added on December 30, 2011

The Savage Detectives Roberto Bolano Picador, London, 2007 Leaders of a poetry movement called ‘visceral realism’ set out in search of its originator, Cesarea Tinajero, an obscure poet, unheard of for a decade. This first large novel of Roberto Bolano’s, published in English four years after his untimely death at just 50 years old, is [...]

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Death With Interruptions

Added on December 26, 2011

Death With Interruptions Jose Saramago Harcourt, New York, 2008 This novel came out in England under the title Death at Intervals. It is quite unusual for books to come out under different titles in the same language, and this is the only Saramago novel to have done so. While this U.S. first edition is hardcover, [...]

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The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories

Added on December 22, 2011

The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories Roch Carrier House of Anansi, Canada, 1979 Carrier is one of the most renowned French Canadian writers, and The Hockey Sweater his most famous story. About a young French Canadian boy who orders a Montreal Canadiens hockey sweater from the Eaton’s catalogue and gets a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater [...]

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Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut

Added on December 18, 2011

Uncle Wiggily in Conneticut J. D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, March 20, 1948 Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut made its first appearance in this 1948 edition of the New Yorker, but is probably better known as one of the short stories from Salinger’s collection Nine Stories, published by Little, Brown and Company five years later. [...]

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Good to a Fault

Added on December 14, 2011

Good to a Fault Marina Endicott Broadview Press, Canada, 2008 In her Giller Prize remarks about Good to a Fault, Margaret Atwood said, “There’s heartbreak, there’s joy, there are parts where you cry—and it’s very high quality writing. Well done!” This unique and brilliant novel was longlisted for the IMPAC Award, shortlisted for the Giller [...]

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The Shipping News

Added on December 6, 2011

The Shipping News Annie Proulx MacMillan Publishing Company, U.S.A. 1993 The Shipping News won the 1993 National Book Award and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. It was also nominated for the 1993 Irish Times International Fiction Prize. It was made into a major motion picture in 2001. The true first edition is the first printing of this edition. They [...]

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The Far Euphrates

Added on December 4, 2011

The Far Euphraties Aryeh Lev Stollman Riverhead Books, New York, 1997 This wonderfully original debut novel is about the gay son of holocaust survivors living in Canada. It is a very subtle story, and perhaps this is one of the reasons it got such mixed reviews — love/hate. Many of the negative reviews talk about [...]

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