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Letti Park by Judith Hermann (transl. Margot Bettauer Dembo): Quiet and thoughtful elegance

This is the third book I’ve read by Judith Hermann. Like Alice, the first, Letti Park is a collection of short stories comprising seventeen pieces, some just a few pages long. All three books are characterised by the delicacy of their writing but unlike the stories in Alice which are linked by the theme of …

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Mãn by Kim Thúy (transl. Sheila Fischman): A quiet, beautifully expressed tale of food and passion

This slim, very beautiful novel is a love story, a work of aching nostalgia and a glorious celebration of language. Its gorgeous, colourful jacket suggests something pulsing and tropical but although that was partly what attracted me to it in the first place the writing is infinitely more subtle, shading into more variations of pearlescent …

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