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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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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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: The inside is what matters…

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: choose a book with an ‘ugly’ cover but that is beautiful on the inside. It turns out that there isn’t a lot of books that have a really ugly cover that I liked, and I promise that good looking cover is not a reason for me to rate a book high! I found a book that has a cover that is not very ugly, but I don’t like it that much – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The cover of book I checked out from library is not that attractive and there are other cover designs that are so much prettier!

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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Mental Health

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: Because Mental Health matters! Choose a book that deals with mental health. This is a very important topic, and here where I live, an often overlooked topic. Books that deal with this topic are of interest to me, but I always need to know if the mental disorder is portrayed truthfully. One of the main things that annoy me immensely are stories of people that are ‘cured’ of their mental disorder because they find a boyfriend or girlfriend, that this new love and relationship is canceling out any fear or problem the person had before. The recovery from mental illness cannot be put so simply like that. The book I decided to feature this week is The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. In America it was published under title ‘Where the Moon Isn’t’

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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Book that got me into reading

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: We all have to start out of somewhere. Choose a book that got you into reading. One of the first books I remember reading and loving is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. This must be the first series that I ever read, and I loved it. I was following Anne’s life in all the different books, it was amazing. I started reading about her teen lives and then about her adolescence and adulthood. I don’t remember much of the story, but it gives me a warm feelings, and I just remember living it and enjoying it.
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