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Downfall | Inio Asano
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In this autobiographical one-volume comic, a manga artist is depressed & going nowhere but down. Bitter about others with more commercial success, he fixates on young sex workers, asking them to dress up as his teenaged fans. It‘s bleak, gritty & visually stunning—a character study of an unlikable man in the middle of an existential crisis about creativity vs commercialism. For mature readers: ugly behaviour including rape. #translation

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S.S. Proleterka | Alastair McEwen, Fleur Jaeggy
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Maniac Magpies: Shawn & I share recent reads on video
#ShortySeptember #Audiobooks #Translation #Booktube #Kenyathon
https://youtu.be/Huybx1g5oxo

Cathythoughts Just watched and really enjoyed. I‘m stacking 5mo
Suet624 I haven‘t listened yet but this photo is everything. 5mo
shawnmooney ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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batsy This is so sweet! 💕 5mo
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Isn‘t that a great title? 5mo
Lindy @Suet624 Thanks Sue! 🤗 5mo
Lindy @batsy Thanks ☺️ 5mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Shawn and I were thinking of you while we shopped for books in Saskatoon 🤗 5mo
Lindy @shawnmooney Thanks again for being such a lovely host 😘😘😘 5mo
LeahBergen I wish I could have joined you! 😫 Did you make it to Westgate Books? That‘s my fave secondhand bookstore in Saskatoon. 5mo
Lindy @LeahBergen We went to Peryton Books, a secondhand shop on 20th Street West. I was very happy with the selection and prices; I found both books I was looking for (Hulme‘s Bone People and Seth‘s Suitable Boy) plus a surprise: 5mo
Centique So lovely to see you two together! I hope you enjoy Bone People when you get to it. One of my favourite books. 4mo
Lindy @Centique Thanks, Paula. I will tag you when I read it. 🇳🇿 4mo
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The Wall | Marlen Haushofer
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Slow and powerful. I don‘t think I will ever forget this tale of a woman who appears to be the last human alive in a remote Austrian valley that is inexplicably & suddenly surrounded by a clear wall. Looking through to the other side, she sees only death. Her journal records the details of her day to day survival. It‘s a meditative novel that left me with much to ponder. #Translation by Shaun Whiteside and #audiobook read by Kathe Mazur.

jlhammar I loved this adaptation (starring Martina Gedeck). Such a great movie! I should try the book sometime. 5mo
Lindy @jlhammar It looks like this audiobook cover is a movie tie-in. Is that correct? 5mo
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A Gift for a Ghost | Borja Gonzalez
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Two timelines—1856 & 2016—with characters that appear to cross back & forth between them. A poet who distresses her family by being obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe, vampires & other spooky stuff. A trio of high school girls who start a punk band… musical ability optional. The wearing of costumes as an everyday thing. So many off kilter subtleties, mysterious & intriguing… I read this translated graphic novel 3 times, loving it more each time.

Lindy #comics #translation by Lee Douglas 5mo
melissajayne Testing 5mo
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Eartheater: A Novel | Dolores Reyes
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Gritty realism with fantastical elements. I was spellbound by this Argentinian novel about a barrio girl whose clairvoyant abilities are connected to eating earth. She helps people find their missing or dead loved ones, but at great cost to herself. The writing is punchy & skips along quickly through several years, pausing on scenes sometimes quotidian, like playing video games, & sometimes momentous, like murder. #Translation by Julia Sanches.

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Celia, Misoka, I | Xue Yiwei
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This novel‘s emotional restraint suits the cold Montreal winter setting of this story about an immigrant‘s loneliness after his wife dies & his daughter moves out. Two different women help him come to terms with his situation, while both withhold secrets connected to his birth country, China. I am giving it a pick for its ideas & bookishness, but the jealousy & romance passages… not so much. #Translation by Stephen Nashef. #shadowgiller2022

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Ok. Good to know. I had highish hopes for this one, but sounds like it‘s a long shot eh? I just added more books to my library list from the Craving CanLit site. Looks like the year of the short story! 6mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It‘s a long longshot, maybe somewhere towards the middle of the pile 6mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Speaking of short stories, I‘m currently reading a good collection but it‘s not jumping up to scream Giller: 6mo
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How Do You Live? | Genzaburo Yoshino
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This Japanese children‘s classic, first published in 1937 & not translated into English until 2021 (by Bruno Navasky) surprised me with its subtle power. A year in the life of 12-year-old Copper in Tokyo is interwoven with scientific & historical information as well as philosophical musings. It grapples gently, yet seriously, with self-knowledge and the question of how to live a good life. #kidlit #allages #translation

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My Grandmother's Braid | Alina Bronsky
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My friend Shawn ( @shawnmooney ) read this entire book aloud to me over Voxer. He chuckled as he read & I chuckled as I listened. It‘s about a dysfunctional Russian family in Germany, told from the POV of Max, who grows from childhood into his teens under the pathologically overprotective watch of his grandmother, who is a horrible person. And yet Alina Bronsky treats the grandmother with subtle compassion, allowing the chance for empathy.

Lindy #Translation by Tim Mohr 10mo
DivineDiana Well, that was very kind of him! 10mo
Lindy @DivineDiana He said he discovered that he enjoys reading aloud. It‘s win-win. 😊 10mo
CarolynM How lovely! Sounds like a good book too🙂 10mo
Lindy @CarolynM It is a good book, although I like two of her other books better. My favourite is 10mo
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With simple pen-drawn art & judicial use of solid black, French cartoonist Mirion Malle portrays the daily struggles of Clara, a young lesbian living with severe depression in Montreal. Work is hellish. She‘s still recovering from a breakup & past trauma. Sometimes she has enough energy to socialize; often she doesn‘t. The story is told with gentle nuance, and I found myself caring very much for Clara. #LGBTQ in #Translation

Lindy Translation by Aleisha Jensen and Bronwyn Haslam 10mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 10mo
TrishB That sounds really sad ❤️ 10mo
Lindy @TrishB It‘s sad in a realistic way; the moments of joy and feeling better are there too, even if only for short periods. I like the way the author shows how Clara‘s friends also struggle to know how to be supportive when Clara herself ignores their attempts to reach out. 10mo
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Boys Run the Riot 2 | Keito Gaku
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Trans high schooler Ryo and his friends work to expand their fashion brand in this heartfelt second instalment in a manga series by Keito Gaku, which is based on his own experiences as a trans man. #LGBTQ #comics #translation by Leo McDonagh