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Lizzy's Literary Life · 18h ago

The Governess and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig

I’ve been rationing myself so as not to come to the end of the Pushkin Classic editions of Zweig’s novellas, but I reckon that the week of the 75th anniversary of his suicide is as fine a we...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2d ago

The Last Days – Laurent Seksik

In memoriam Stefan and Lotte Zweig (died 22.02.1942) One didn’t have to be a genius to imagine what people would say about him.  That he had abandoned others to their pain and deserted when ...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 4d ago

One Night, Markovitch – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Winner of the Sapir Prize for Best Debut Translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston Bad news first.  It’s just as well that I read Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s second novel, Waking Lions, last ye...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1w ago

Rasputin and Other Ironies – Teffi

I remember the first time I met Teffi.  It was in the literary oasis of Watermark Books, King’s Cross Station (sadly no more, and funnily enough I haven’t visited London since it closed. Mak...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1W ago

The Hunting Gun / Bullfight – Yasushi Inoue

Inoue burst onto the Japanese literary scene in 1949 with two novellas, the second of which won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize.  But it was his debut that pleased me more. The Hunting Gun i...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1W ago

Preparing for Pushkin Press Fortnight

Given that Pushkin Press are second only to the Folio Society in terms of the number of books I have in my collection, I thought it might be a good idea to gather them all together and alloc...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2W ago

It’s been a decade! Blogiversary giveaway.

A decade! Who would have thought it?  This blog has come a long way since I lost that notebook with my reading notes, and decided to store them, henceforth, in a place where I wouldn’t lose ...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2W ago

Stasi Child / Stasi Wolf – David Young

  It’s fair to say that David Young hit the ground running.  His debut, Stasi Child won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. This sets quite a challenge for his second, Stasi Wolf, rele...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2W ago

The Devil in the Marshalsea – Antonia Hodgson

I’m taking a different approach to literary festivals this year.  Pre-festival I’m going to read some of the books I’ve bought in previous years.  That way new festival purchases won’t simpl...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 3W ago

January 2017 Wrap-Up

I’ve had an excellent start to the 2017 reading year, having read 13 books from 3 centuries with only one slipup apropos the TBR Dare.  But as I haven’t determined my exceptions policy for t...