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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

New and notable: Tuesday fiction round-up

Several exciting new fiction titles are out today!


The Big Green Tent (Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon) is "a great Russian novel for our time." Ulitskaya uses the tale of three childhood friends who become dissidents to paint a much greater portrait of the late Soviet period, and of Russian literature itself. Originally published five years ago, it is now available to us in English, thanks to this praised translation by Polly Gannon!


Hotels of North America is the newest from noted American author Rick Moody. Moody tells the darkly comic life story of the eccentric Reginald Edward Morse through Morse's numerous reviews on RateYourLodging.com... until Morse himself disappears and Moody and the reader are left to puzzle out the remaining fragments of his narrative.


Toni Sala's The Boys is being called a masterpiece of Catalonian literature.  Two Lines Press brings us this English translation by Mara Faye Lethem! Sala has written a fast-paced tale in both mischievous and sinister tones, revolving around a fatal car crash in a ravaged Catalonian village.


NYRB Classics reintroduces us to Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, a strange and beautiful novel by the late English writer Barbara Comyns. In which the young and naïve Sophie struggles in a faltering marriage during the Great Depression. It's not as bleak as it sounds! Our heroine has an artless charm that carries her through her ordeals with humour and self-deprecating wit. With a forward by Emily Gould of Emily Books (and author of Friendship).

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