Polish Lit in Translation – Cover Battles #2 | Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

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Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

The morning after a group psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henry Talek is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye.

Public prosecutor Teodor Szacki, world-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, feels that life has passed him by. But this case changes everything. Because of it he meets Monika Grzelka, a young journalist whose charms prove difficult to resist, and he discovers the frightening power of certain esoteric therapeutic methods. The shocking videos of the sessions lead him to an array of possible scenarios. Could one of the patients have become so absorbed by his therapy role-playing that he murdered Telak? Szacki’s investigation leads him to an earlier murder, before the fall of Communism.

And why is the Secret Police suddenly taking an interest in all this? As Szacki uncovers each piece of the puzzle, facts emerge that he’d be better off not knowing, for his own safety.

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Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Title: Free to Fall

Author: Lauren Miller

Pub Date: 2014

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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WHAT IF THERE WAS AN APP THAT TOLD YOU WHAT SONG TO LISTEN TO, WHAT COFFEE TO ORDER, WHO TO DATE, EVEN WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE—AN APP THAT COULD ENSURE YOUR COMPLETE AND UTTER HAPPINESS? 

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?


Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. 

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. 

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.
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You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

Title: You Let Me In

Author: Lucy Clarke

Pub Date: 2018

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, YOU LET ME IN is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author, Lucy Clarke

Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .

I’M IN YOUR HOUSE

There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I’M IN YOUR HEAD

Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.

AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET

As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Title: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Author: Olga Tokarczuk

Pub Date: original 2009, American translation coming out on August 19th, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★★

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“Extraordinary. Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work.”—Annie Proulx

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind…

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

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Down the TBR Hole #10

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter is definitely staying on my TBR, my friend recommended this one to me and I’m keen to read the authors’ thoughts on media and how woman are portrayed in them. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno is also staying, it’s a portrayed of a young woman navigating between anomie and epiphany, it’s recommended by Roxanne Gay, and as I’ve already mentioned many times on my blog, I listen to all of Gay’s recommendations. Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter by Sally Armstrong I’m removing from my TBR, it sounds interesting but I’m not feeling inspired to read it.

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Top 10 Italian Books I’d love to read

Inspired by my trip to Venice, Italy, I decided to dive into the Italian literary world. What modern literature is popular there, and what was translated into English or Polish so now I can read it?

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No list of Italian books can complete without mentioning the international success of Elena Ferrante and her series Neapolitan Novels. So I’m adding My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante to my list, and to be honest, this is the only book I knew of before I made this list. It is the story about two friends, Elena and Lila, in which Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The second book on my list is I’m Not Scared by Niccolò AmmanitiIt is said to be immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, in which nine-year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini.

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Permission by Saskia Vogel

Title: Permission

Author: Saskia Vogel

Pub Date: 7th March, 2019

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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A raw, fresh, haunting, emotionally and sexually honest literary debut.

When Echo’s father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she finds herself sinking into a complete state of paralysis. With no true friends and a troubled relationship with her mother, the failed young actress attempts to seek solace in the best way she knows: by losing herself in the lives of strangers. When by chance Echo meets a dominatrix called Orly, it finally feels like she might have found someone who will be nurturing and treasure her for who she is. But Orly’s fifty-something houseboy, Piggy, isn’t quite ready to let someone else share the intimate relationship he’s worked so hard to form with his mistress.

Permission is a love story about people who are sick with dreams and expectations and turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they are in a desperate search for the answer to that sacred question: how do I want to be loved?

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