From the library...
FAME – Daniel Kehlmann; trans. Carol Brown Janeway (2010, Quercus, £12.99, ISBN: 978-1-84916-376-7).
A wonderful example of pure slipstream: innovative, multi-levelled, endlessly amusing, completely original. Kehlmann is a young German writer, currently living in Vienna. This is his third novel. Like all the best slip, Fame more or less defies description, even undermining any … Continue reading
THIS WAY FOR THE GAS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN – Tadeusz Borowski; trans. Barbara Vedder (1976, Penguin Books, £8.99, ISBN: 0-14-018624-7)
Borowski was born in 1922 in Zhitomir, in Ukraine, to Polish parents. His first book, a collection of poetry, was published in Warsaw in the winter of 1942. A few weeks later he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. He … Continue reading
Today is Bastille Day, La Fête Nationale. The French celebrate in style, notably with a military parade down the Champs Elysées. When I was a child I would see film of this on television and think they were celebrating my … Continue reading
The cover of The Islanders has finally been agreed between myself and Gollancz, a matter of some relief to both sides. An earlier version of the illustration has been popping up on the internet, and Amazon.co.uk have put a version … Continue reading
I am a collector of books about publishing, but somehow I missed this title when it was first published in 2000. Ms Athill worked for André Deutsch Ltd for most of her life, in the process gaining much respect from … Continue reading