Swiss fiction

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Sweet Days of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy (transl. Tim Parks): Happiest days of your life…

Fleur Jaeggy’s novella is part of And Other Stories’ response to Kamila Shamsie’s ‘provocation’ back in 2015, calling for a year in which only books written by women should be published. For me it’s not so much the gender ratio of authors published that’s the problem, more the level of serious coverage books by women …

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Year of the Drought by Roland Buti (transl. Charlotte Mandell): Coming of age in 1976

I have to admit it was nostalgia that drew me to Roland Buti’s Swiss novella set in 1976. Anyone who was alive and conscious in that year will remember the long hot summer which those of us not yet working luxuriated in throughout Europe. Rather more recently, H and I were walking in the Swiss …

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