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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Polish Lit in Translation – Cover Battles #1 | Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

A thought came to my mind – what modern polish literature was published around the world? What was translated, how the titles were translated, and what’s most interesting for me – how to covers were changed to appeal to different cultures?

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

A subversive, entertaining noir novel from the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead takes place in a remote Polish village, where Janina, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. When members of a local hunting club are found murdered, she becomes involved in the investigation. Janina is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she’s unconventional, believing in the stars, and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is taken.

Filled with wonderful characters like Maladroit, Big Foot, Black Coat, Dizzy and Boros, this subversive, entertaining noir novel, by ‘one of Europe’s major humanist writers’ (Guardian), offers thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, injustice against marginalised people, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, belief in predestination—and getting away with murder.

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February Releases – Favourite Covers

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Top spot for the prettiest fantasy book covers are taken by Enchantée by Gita Trelease (pub. Feb 5) and Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (pub. Feb 5). The first book is “debut fantasy about an orphaned girl who uses dark magic to save her sister and herself from ruin”.  The latter is touted to be an African Game of Thrones, “In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.”

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Pretty covers of January 2019

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Looking at the pretty covers in the Contemporary section I found two that caught my eye Golden Child by Claire Adam and Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley. First is about father’s search for a missing son, and is set in rural Trinidad. The second book is about a former painter, who drowns her unhappiness in alcohol and constant worry, whose husband is giving her an ultimatum to go on a mountain retreat or they are done.

I rarely find pretty covers in the mystery and thriller section, but in January a translation of French novel – The Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy will be published and I adore the cover. It’s a novel about a journalist who received alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother. She meets a stranger who received a similar letter about his mother, which brings them to a journey into their families’ past.

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CoverLove – February 2018

Who doesn’t love beautiful cover art? I absolutely adore pretty covers, I love having all those pretty books on my bookshelves. I’m always drawn to pretty covers in bookstores and libraries. And I do often judge a book by its cover… Here are some of my favourite covers from February releases to celebrate pretty covers and newly published books.

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