This is an archived issue of Belletrista. If you are looking for the current issue, you can find it here
Belletrista - A site promoting translated women authored literature from around the world
Photo of Anita Rau Badami Photo of Can Xue description

In Praise of Anita Rau Badami by Caitlin Fehir

"Red Leaves", a short story by Can Xue

Tess Gallagher: Lying Next to the Knife by Caroline McElwee

`
Reviews
Click on 'Reviews' to see the full list of this issue's reviews...
Book cover
IN THEIR FATHER'S COUNTRY
Anne-Marie Drosso

'What's a life?' Claire Sahli wondered. The answer seemed obvious to her: 'if you're young, it's the future; not so young, it's the present; old, it's the past; and very old, it's the deaths of all those who mattered in your life.' As she now saw it, that's what a life seemed to be. A succession of deaths, one after the other.
READ MORE

Reviewed by Jana Herlander
Book cover
PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM
Kyung-Sook Shin
Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim

One afternoon in 2007, an elderly woman disappears from a Seoul train station. During their attempts to find her, her husband and adult children reflect on what they actually knew about their wife and mother. It turns out, not much.
READ MORE

Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
Book cover
THE SLEEPWALKER
Margarita Karapanou
Translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich

As the novel opens God is pondering his creation of mankind and feeling that he has made an error. "For the first time he felt sad, and deeply bored. He saw that his people were small and ridiculous, and he was gripped by an awful rage …
READ MORE

Reviewed by Amanda Meale
Book cover
STOLEN LIVES
Jassy Mackenzie

Jassy Mackenzie's sequel to her 2010 Random Violence is simultaneously more engaging and less so than its predecessor. The series' protagonist is Jade de Jong: a young, South African private investigator who has lived as an expatriate for many years following the murder of her famous police inspector father …
READ MORE

Reviewed by Tad Deffler
Book cover
MY BERLIN CHILD
Anne Wiazemsky
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson

When I saw the beautiful cover of this Europa Edition novel, I immediately stopped and read the flaps. The story sounded like something I would love: a female ambulance driver in WWII, with a minor role in the Résistance, ultimately finds love in post-war Berlin.
READ MORE

Reviewed by Lisa Sanders


The Scale of Maps by Belé Gopegui Book Cover: The Scale of Maps
A review by Amalia Gladhart
Awards and Nominations Decorative icon
Discover great reading (and discover new authors) among recent award-winners and nominated books.
Links We Like
Bookmark and Share