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Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Russia continues to occupy the headlines which should prompt some of us to revisit its proud poetic heritage in the new anthology from Penguin Classics, in this copious anthology of poems which has been edited and translated by Robert Chandler, Boris Drayluk and Irina Mashinski. Mandelstam, Brodsky, Pasternak, and well before them, Pushkin and Lermontov, all generously represented here in paperback. P Kehoe
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28 Portuguese Poets
With translations by Richard Zenith and Alexis Levitin, 28 Portuguese Poets surveys a great florescence of Portuguese poetry from the late nineteenth century to the present day. We are the better for these Portuguese voices. The book, published by Dedalus press, includes an illuminating introduction by Richard Zenith, bibliography and fascinating biographical notes on the individual poets www.dedaluspress.com. P Kehoe
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All Days are Night - Peter Stamm
Swiss writer Peter Stamm (born 1963) explores the aftermath of a fatal car crash in his latest novel.The beautiful TV arts presenter Gillian is seriously injured in the crash and her husband Matthias dies at the scene. He had driven under the influence of alcohol following a row between the media couple.The row had exploded after Matthias‘s discovery of a set of nude photographs of Gillian. Stamm plots the spooky fall-out. P Kehoe
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The Captain's Daughter
Revealing on many levels, including the social historical and the psychological, Alexander Pushkin’s short novel, first published in 1836, is a great nineteenth century classic. The novel is written in the style of a memoir by the ageing nobleman Pyotr Grinov who remembers how he became embroiled in the Pugachev rebellion (1773-1774) and its wave of terror, while remaining loyal to Catherine the Great. P Kehoe.
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Best European Fiction 2015
Best Best European Fiction 2015 gathers the work of fiction writers from all corners of Europe, from Spain, France, Estonia Bulgaria, Latvia, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Slovenia, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Lithuania, Norway, Basque Country (Spain) and Ireland too.Some hit the mark, others are a bit like indie bands without guitar solos P Kehoe
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