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James C
Sometimes useless. Take me to Southeastern Europe. Ant. There are grey hairs. Нестор ел Маестро admirer, and I’m not sure why.
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James C Sep 19
Very exciting list, will be keen to hopefully read some of these works once they have reached the other side (of what?).
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
There are more, there is always more. But I’ve spent the past half hour reading Beckett’s WATT and something like this I could read forever.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
Christ, what else, I should stop, we should agree on this, I shou-
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @RozDeKett
Absolutely. I love Elfriede Jelinek, and The Piano Teacher, and I am most certainly not of that character’s world
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @TiltedAxisPress
I also went in for my first book, with Hamid Ismailov’s THE DEVIL’S DANCE. TAP translations always look fantastic, really cool aesthetic on the editions, and they translate from underrepresented world lit regions (such as Ismailov’s Uzbekistan).
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @nyrbclassics
help me here with their translation of Matei Calinescu’s THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF ZACHARIAS LICHTER. I have been obsessed with Southeastern Europe over the past 12-18 months (spent 2 week’s in Bulgaria and Romanian this April), the literature figures in this.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
What more - (scurries about [writes about scurrying whilst sat still]) - , yes.Svetlana Alexievich’s BOYS IN ZINC. She is a real, here-now, genius.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
I have no money, nothing that isn’t spent on books, this is how it seems
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @GalleyBeggars
One more now, for the collection (scattered at corners and loose among growing masts of books), debut novel WE ARE THE END. Here I have to mention Paul Stanbridge’s FORBIDDEN LINE. I impatiently wait for more from Paul (read this .
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Anakana Schofield Sep 18
I especially love the essay at the back of that collection. Look out for her new novel Queen Solomon
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
This (DAY OF THE OPRICHNIK) by Владимир Сорокин. Sorokin writes mad and daring books that I really enjoy. His Ice trilogy calls me for a long, cold and jobless weekend.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @AnakanaSchofiel
I got Tamara Faith Berger’s LITTLE CAT, an edition that collects two earlier novellas (or novels, or long short stories, or...). This was prompted entirely by a tweet from . Have you read Anakana Schofield’s MARTIN JOHN? That book is staggering, just so good.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @melvillehouse
Got SPURIOUS () the first of Lars Iyer’s trilogy. It sounds like Beckett’s MURPHY (perhaps the novel I hold closest to my heart and other bits of offal) so that is a strong start for me. Nice editions too.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @archipelagobks
Got Adam Bodor’s THE SINISTRA ZONE. Contemporary Hungarian literature and film rarely misses for me. Ildiko Enyedi’s ON BODY AND SOUL was the best film I watched last year; Attila Bartis’ TRANQUILITY (from [can’t wait for more :-)]) is absorbing and sublime.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
I picked this up without having ever heard of Zaionchkovsky. This is what I love about physical bookshops: you look, you discover, you stand on one leg frowning and pushing sweat from your brow, you read the intro and five pages, you relent (fuck it) and buy.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @andothertweets
What else.. well I also bought Oleg Zaionchkovsky’s HAPPINESS IS POSSIBLE. A contemporary Russian novel in translation is a find, one from is sure to be a marvel. Found this at the great @waterstonespic who have a brill independent section.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
This is a thread. How exciting. This will last all day, with distant gaps in Tweets.
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
Yes. Vladimir Sharov’s THE REHEARSALS. That looks great:
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James C Sep 18
Replying to @Merryberry21
What else have I bought...... let me rack my brains whilst doing all this work stuff at work.....
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James C Sep 18
Been buying a lot of books recently, probably as a standard reflex towards countering eugh-ness. Joshua Mattson’s A SHORT FILM ABOUT DISAPPOINTMENT is really, really good. So impressive in its style and form, so generous and subtle, (the guy is 30!) it’s so arresting. Buy it.
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