REVIEWS

I review regularly for several independent publishing houses. Please contact me at H.M.Vassallo@exeter.ac.uk if you would like to suggest books for review.

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Lucy Fricke, Daughters, tr. Sinéad Crowe (V&Q Books, 2020)

Sandra Hoffmann, Paula, tr. Katy Derbyshire (V&Q Books, 2020)

Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults, tr. Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions, 2020)

Selva Almada, Dead Girls, tr. Annie McDermott (Charco Press, 2020)

Mieko Kawakami, Breasts and Eggs, tr. Sam Bett and David Boyd (Picador Books, 2020)

Guadalupe Nettel, Bezoar and Other Unsettling Stories, tr. Suzanne Jill Levine (Seven Stories Press, 2020)

Petra Hůlová, Three Plastic Rooms, tr. Alex Zucker (Jantar Publishing, 2017)

Maria-Mercè Marçal, The Passion According to Renée Vivien, tr. Kathleen McNerney and Helena Buffery (Francis Boutle Publishers, 2020)

Camille Laurens, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, tr. Willard Wood (Les Fugitives, 2020)

The Book of Shanghai (Comma Press, 2020)

Margarita García Robayo, Holiday Heart, tr. Charlotte Coombe (Charco Press, 2020)

Duanwad Pimwana, Arid Dreams, tr. Mui Poopoksakul (Tilted Axis Press, 2020)

Alternative love stories from around the world

Nathalie Léger, Exposition, tr. Amanda DeMarco (Les Fugitives, 2019) and The White Dress, tr. Natasha Lehrer (Les Fugitives, 2020).

Pauline Delabroy-Allard, All About Sarah, tr. Adriana Hunter (Harvill Secker, 2020) 

Catherine Doustessyier-Khoze, The Beauty of the Death Cap, tr. Tina Kover (Snuggly Books, 2018)
 

Donatella di Pietrantonio, A Girl Returned, tr. Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions, 2019)

Europa28, edited by Sophie Hughes and Sarah Cleave (Comma Press, 2020)

Yolande Mukagasana, Not My Time To Die, tr. Zoe Norridge (Huza Press, 2019)

Fernanda Melchor, Hurricane Season, tr. Sophie Hughes (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2020)

Intan Paramaditha, The Wandering, tr. Stephen J. Epstein (Harvill Secker, 2020)

Ivana Dobrakovová, Bellevue, tr. Julia Sherwood and Peter Sherwood (Jantar Publishing, 2019)

Brenda Lozano, Loop, tr. Annie McDermott (Charco Press, 2019)

Ahlam Bsharat, Trees for the Absentees, tr. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp and Sue Copeland (Neem Tree Press, 2019)

Caryl Lewis, The Jeweller, tr. Gwen Davies (Honno Press, 2019)

Marina Šur Puhlovski, Wild Woman, tr. Christina Pribichevich-Zorič (Istros Books, 2019)

Colette Fellous, This Tilting World, tr. Sophie Lewis (Les Fugitives, 2019)

Women in Translation month 2019: 8 books reviewed

Nayrouz Qarmout, The Sea Cloak, tr. Perween Richards (Comma Press, 2019)

Olja Savičević, Singer in the Night, tr. Celia Hawkesworth (Istros Books, 2019)

Madeleine Bourdouxhe, A Nail, A Rose, tr. Faith Evans (Pushkin Press, 2019)

Selva Almada, The Wind That Lays Waste, tr. Chris Andrews (Charco Press, 2019)

Gine Cornelia Pedersen, Zero, tr. Rosie Hedger (Nordisk Books, 2018) and Maria Gerhardt, Transfer Window, tr. Lindy Falk van Rooyen (Nordisk Books, 2019)

Home is Like a Different Time, Eva Moreda, tr. Craig Patterson (Francis Boutle Publishers, 2019)

Selfies, Sylvie Weil, tr. Ros Schwartz (Les Fugitives, 2019)

The Book of Cairo, edited and with an introduction by Raph Cormack (Comma Press, 2019)

Things That Fall from the Sky, Selja Ahava, tr. Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah (Oneworld Books, 2019)

City of Jasmine, Olga Grjasnowa, tr. Katy Derbyshire (Oneworld Books, 2019)

Thirteen Months of Sunrise, Rania Mamoun, tr. Elisabeth Jaquette (Comma Press, 2019)

Distant Signs, Anne Richter, tr. Douglas Irving (Neem Tree Press, 2019)

The Chilli Bean Paste Clan, Yan Ge, tr. Nicky Harman (Balestier Press, 2018)

The Governesses, Anne Serre, tr. Mark Hutchinson (Les Fugitives, 2019)

Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation, tr. Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books, 2018); Mariana Enriquez, Things We Lost in the Fire, tr. Megan McDowell (Portobello Books, 2018); Leonard and Hungry Paul, Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books, 2019)

Happening, Annie Ernaux, tr. Tanya Leslie (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019)

Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell (OneWorld Books, 2019)

Tentacle, Rita Indiana, tr. Achy Obejas (And Other Stories, 2018)

Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, Panty and Abandon, tr. Arunava Sinha (Tilted Axis Press, 2016 and 2017)

Hwang Jungeun, I’ll Go On, tr. Emily Yae Won (Tilted Axis Press, 2018)

Carla Maliandi, The German Room, tr. Frances Riddle (Charco Press, 2018)
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Yoko Tawada, Memoirs of a Polar Bear, tr. Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books, 2017)

Ninni Holmqvist, The Unit, tr. Marlaine Delargy (OneWorld Books, 2018 [2nd edition])

Han Kang, The White Book, tr. Deborah Smith (Portobello Books, 2017)

Jean Frémon, Now, Now, Louison, tr. Cole Swensen (Les Fugitives, 2018)

Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018)

Holiday reads 2018: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, One Night, Markovitch, tr. Sondra Silverston (Pushkin Press, 2015); Preti Taneja, We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press, 2017); Hamid Ismailov, The Dead Lake, tr. Andrew Bromfield (Peirene Press, 2014); Christine Schutt, Pure Hollywood (And Other Stories, 2018)

Margarita García Robayo, Fish Soup, tr. Charlotte Coombe (Charco Press, 2018)

Nora Ikstena, Soviet Milk, tr. Margita Gailitis (Peirene Press, 2018)

Laia Jufresa, Umami, tr. Sophie Hughes (OneWorld Books, 2016)

Annie Ernaux, The Years, tr. Alison L. Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018)

Kerstin Hensel, Dance by the Canal, tr. Jen Calleja (Peirene Press, 2017)

Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream, tr. Megan McDowell (OneWorld Books, 2017)

Jenny Erpenbeck, The End of Days, tr. Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books, 2015)

Olga Tokarczuk, Flights, tr. Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017)

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Waking Lions, tr. Sonda Silverston (Pushkin Press, 2016)

Elvira Dones, Sworn Virgin, tr. Clarissa Botsford (And Other Stories, 2015)

Marie Sizun, Her Father’s Daughter, tr. Adriana Hunter (Peirene Press, 2016)

Han Kang, The Vegetarian, tr. Deborah Smith (Portobello Books, 2015)