It's been months since I've done a new-on-the-shelf post and I can't possibly tell you everything I've acquired since the last post but here are some highlights!
A Curse on Dostoevsky is the latest from Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi. I am a big fan of Rahimi's work and will read pretty much anything he writes. I don't have to know what it's about to want to read it, but I gather it is his take on Crime and Punishment set in Afghanistan.
On Leave is a short novel about French involvement in Algeria and the Algerian war for independence. It tells the story of a group of French soldiers and includes a great introduction giving a brief but meaty overview of the subject.
Pushkin Hills is a novel by Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov about a down-and-out writer and alcoholic hoping to be saved by a job as a tour guide at the Pushkin Hills Preserve. It was translated by his daughter and has been widely praised at Dovlatov's most important book.
The Restless Supermarket is a novel by South African writer Ivan Vladislavic about a man dealing with the end of apartheid and the changes on South African society. It's published by a small British press called & Other Stories, which specializes in translations and fiction from around the world. This book is not a translation but I'm always interested in books that come out of South Africa and in getting to know its writers. I can't wait to start this one!
The Bees by Laline Paull takes place entirely inside a hive and is told from the point of view of the bees who make it their home. If that's not enough to grab you, what is? Plus that cover is just stunning. The picture does not do it justice!