New poll up on international coverage
August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
In addition, I’m working some on my French and Portuguese, as I just finished reading Jules Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly’s Les dialoliques (She-Devils in English) and am alternating this weekend between José Maria Eça de Queiros’ A Cidade e as Serras and Brazilian writer Octavio Aragão’s A Mão que Cria (which has a strong opening premise; more later, as I did semi-promise Aragão a review).
I do have some Haikasoru books of Japanese SF/F to read in the future, so I might be willing to bump up some of those reads if interest for them is high enough. Same for the tiny amount of other Asian, Middle Eastern, and African literatures I have. Eastern European literature is also up for a closer examination, after reading a couple of excellent translations of Hungarian writers recently. Plus, I do want to revisit some of the Serbian works I have, both in the language and in English translation, as fantasika is a continuing love of mine.
But as regulars know, my plans do change quite a bit, but perhaps with some pressure I might say more on a few things, such as commenting here on a request to know more about my thoughts on The Long Ships:
I knew most of the story told there from reading saga fragments and summaries over the years, but Frans Bengtsson reworks them into a moving narrative that feels simultaneously “epic” and realistic, a trick not many authors have managed to pull off in this historical/mythical field.
Now back to reading. 296 books down, but I’d like to reach 300 before Sunday night.