Here's a roundup of the latest things to hit my TBR pile. As usual lots of Italians, translations and crime.
But to start things off is Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, which is none of those things. 19th century author Gaskell was also the first biographer of Charlotte Brontë (relied upon heavily by Claire Harman in her wonderful book, Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart) as well as an accomplished novelist in her own right. Cranford is a series of interconnected vignettes showing life in a woman-centric community.
Eva Sleeps, by Francesca Melandri, is an Italian novel about which the publisher calls" a story of family, passion, conflict, and forgiveness
that embodies the history of nations." As my regular readers know I am a sucker for Europa Editions.
So to continue with the Europa theme, I received Massimo Carlotto's latest translation from them for review. For All the Gold in the World looks like another great installment in the Alligator series.
The last new Europa is one I just bought yesterday, The Street Kids, which Europa calls "the most important novel" by filmmaker and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. I became a fan of Pasolini's in college after an Italian-film class I took and I can't wait to read this.
And last but by no means list I picked up Fuminori Nakamura's The Gun a week or two ago, a crime novel from Japan I've been meaning to read. I was going to wait for paperback but I found the hardcover in the "half price review" section of the venerable Strand bookstore. That sealed the deal!
What's have you added to your TBR shelves recently?