Category Archives: English

Anthills

This translation has been sitting on my computer for a while now; I think it’s time it’s come out to the light of day.   Anthills   for Işıl   There you are, in the dark room again, in your … Okumaya devam et

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The Towel on the Balcony

I remember reading this poem as a teenager and loving it, but I had a different memory of it; it somehow sounds more melodramatic now. But it’s Murathan Mungan; so fair enough, and I still wanted to try translating it. … Okumaya devam et

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

This is the first book of 2018 for me but I must say I have been a bit disappointed. I was hoping it would be a bit more insightful about the sense of rhythm that running gives you and how … Okumaya devam et

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from Leaving Tangier

This is the point at which I stopped reading Leaving Tangier: “Why, then, did Miguel want to tear Azel from his own world to take him home to Spain? At first, he wanted to help Azel. Only after seeing him … Okumaya devam et

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The Iraqi Christ

I’m a slow reader nowadays. I loved this book though; I initially thought the quote on the front cover declaring the author “perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive” was a bit too ambitious, but a few stories into … Okumaya devam et

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Dear Life

This is a new year’s gift from a friend, and I actually started reading it in the small hours of new year’s day, to top off my festive mood. Some of the stories (or part of them) are set in the … Okumaya devam et

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An Armenian Sketchbook

I think I stumbled upon this book as I was looking for a guidebook to Armenia. It piqued my interest because it was described as telling of Vasily Grossman’s trip to Armenia in order to translate a novel from Armenian … Okumaya devam et

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The world’s most famous librarian

I came across this passage while reading Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo’s Reading Beyond the Book: “Nancy Pearl is probably ‘the world’s most famous librarian.’ Her celebrity profile is ‘second only to Jesus’ (pers. comm. 2006). Or, to be … Okumaya devam et

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Subtly Worded

I fell in love with the cover of this book when I saw it at the bookshop, and this evening I had a creative moment and arranged this still nature shot with it 🙂 The book is named after a … Okumaya devam et

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Slaughterhouse-Five

I’ve been putting off reading this book because I imagined it to be a war book depicting gruesome scenes and legends of gallantry. How mistaken I was! I don’t know where I got that impression from, but it turned out … Okumaya devam et

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