Our selection of ebook releases
Several literary awards were given this week – and not the least important ones!
First of all, congratulations to Gerbrand Bakker and his translator David Colmer for winning the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize! This award is well-deserved, as the novel Ten White Geese/The Detour is one of the most beautiful novels we read this year, and all the more satisfactory because it acknowledges the work of the translator (the £10,000 prize is split between the author and its translator).
We published earlier this year an interview of Gerbrand Bakker that you can read here.
The Nebula Award, rewarding the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States, was also given this week. Kim Stanley Robinson won the Best Novel Award for 2312, which is said to be “complex and sometimes bewildering, 500 pages crammed full of strange but decent characters whose actions play out against a vastly constructed utopian background” (The Guardian).
The Man Booker International Prize, which is a biennial international literary award given to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation, rewarded this year American author Lydia Davis, who generally specializes in short stories and literary criticism about French fiction and non-fiction.
Some of her works are still not available in digital version, but we’re hoping that this award will make a difference. If you want to discover her work of fiction, five short story collections are currently available on our platform (mostly available in the US and Canada).
If you are into hard-boiled and noir fiction, you’ll probably like the novel At the End of a Dull Day by Massimo Carlotto, an Italian writer who has been compared to American hard-boiled crime writers. Published by the Europa Editions which specializes in translated works, At the End of a Dull Day introduces us to the dark side of Italy, in a novel obviously inspired by the reality the author witnesses in his everyday life.
We interviewed Massimo Carlotto about this novel, and he told us a bit more about this dark but very real side of Italy.
“I like to depict reality and mix it with fiction. All of my present and future novels deal with a precise topic, a repressed story, an investigation. Noir fiction allows me to be an attentive observer of reality and to describe it through a crime story.”
Fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien has been famous over the decades for his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, among others, but when he passed away, some work was left unfinished. This week, the unfinished and never-published poem The Fall of Arthur was eventually released, with detailed commentary and notes by his son Christopher Tolkien.
You probably have heard of Khaled Hosseini, you may even have read him, as his novels experienced worldwide success and The Kite Runner was adapted for film in 2007. And The Mountains Echoed is Hosseini’s latest novel “about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations”.
Chicago Sun-Times: “This is an exquisite novel, a must-read for anyone with an interest in what it means to be alive, anywhere and everywhere.”
You don’t know what to read this weekend? We have a selection of books ready for you!