Posts under ‘Novella’

Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: Australia, outback, survival, Aboriginal, cultures Walkabout is a classic book about two American children who become stranded in the Australian outback after a plane crash. They are rescued by an Aboriginal boy who teaches them how to survive in this difficult climate. It is a short, easy […]

Christ’s Entry Into Brussels by Dimitri Verhulst

   Source: Free review copy received from publisher Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer Five words from the blurb: Jesus, Belgium, publicity, welcoming, committee Christ’s Entry Into Brussels is a novella that satirises modern society by imaging what would happen if Jesus Christ were to announce his second-coming. It shows the way authorities would panic at the thought of […]

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

 Source: Library Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins Shortlisted for 2016 MAN Booker International Prize Five words from the blurb: mountain, valley, change, solitude, great A Whole Life is only 150 pages long, but it contains a beautiful, perfectly formed, story about the life of one man. Andreas Egger lives in a remote mountain […]

Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel

  Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: Islam, rituals, love, extremism, terrifying Kauthar follows a young woman as she converts to Islam and then becomes increasingly radicalised. The subject matter is particularly pertinent to our society today and I’m pleased that I am now more informed about the issues involved. Unfortunately it […]

Two Wonderful Novellas in Translation

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Translated from the Norwegian by Agnes Scott Langeland Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad Five words from the blurb: alone, sees, murder, indecision, moralist Professor Andersen’s Night is a fantastic little book, but I didn’t want to write a full review for fear of giving too much away. […]

Two Disappointing Novellas: The Day of the Owl and The Guest Cat

The Day Of The Owl by Leonard Sciascia Translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun Five words from the blurb: Sicily, murder, mafia, investigation, cold The Day of the Owl begins with a man being murdered in front of a bus load of people. The sawn-off shotgun used in the attack suggests that it is a mafia killing, […]