I never have time to read all the books I want to. Do any of us? There are so many wonderful books being published, or books I mean to read but haven’t yet got round to; books I want to re-read.
This is a personal and somewhat eclectic list but perhaps you’ll discover something here that resonates.
The book I’m currently reading is ‘Venice – the lion, the city and the water’ by Cees Nooteboom. I lived in Venice for three months as a student a long time ago and I can never have enough of the city. Reading this during the pandemic, when travel is scarcely possible, is like wandering the city with a quiet and knowledgeable companion.
Still on an Italian note, I intend to re-read ‘The Legend of Redenta Tiria’ by Salvatore Niffoi. Sadly this is the only book of Niffoi’s to be translated into English. It’s a short novel, steeped in folk-lore and with a cast of strange characters, and is set in Sardinia where Niffoi grew up and still lives.
‘The World that I Knew’ by Alice Hoffman, recently came out in paperback. The novel is set in Berlin and France during the Nazi regime. Hoffman’s story-telling is always magical and enticing. She has never disappointed.
‘10 Minutes and 30 Seconds in This Strange World’by Elif Shafak. Set in Istanbul this novel is the story of the last 10 minutes of Tequila Leila’s life. It was shortlisted for the Booker.
I’m also interested in searching out novels by the Finnish writer Selja Ahava, the latest book by the Japanese writer Sayaka Muratam (author of Convenience Store Woman), Meg Roscoff’s recently published book for young adults, The Great Godden, and ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ by the British-Chinese writer Xialu Guo.
Non-fiction titles on my list are In the Wake, On Blackness and Being, by Christina Sharp– on slavery and the commodification of Black life and ‘Gathering Moss – a Natural and Cultural History of Mosses’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Lastly, as this is a list of winter reading, I’ll probably re-read Tove Jansson‘s two winter books, ‘Moominvalley in November‘ and ‘Moominland Midwinter‘. One day I also intend to re-read the superb ‘Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow‘ by the Danish writer, Peter Hoeg. Last winter I discovered the novella ‘The Ice Palace‘ by the Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas, first published in 1963. I’d also recommend two novella’s published by Peirene Press: ‘Ankomst‘ by Norwegian writer, Gohril-Gabrielsenand and Snow, Dog, Foot by yet another Italian, Claudio Morandini.
Thank you so much to Bronwen for taking the time to give us this list of fantastic recommendations that we can’t wait to delve into!