Top Reads of 2019
Her Left Hand, The Darkness
Alison Smith on the week she spent with Ursula K. Le Guin.
Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova
This surreal tale from Haruki Murakami circles a Charlie Parker album that never existed. Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.
A monastic community persists after a ‘great chaos and collapse’ in this story by the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, Olga Tokarczuk. Translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft
Two poems from Rebecca Tamás’ collection WITCH.
On High Heels and Lotus Feet
Summer Brennan on high heels, foot-binding, and our ongoing performances of gender.
Translated by Dan Jacobson
Dan Jacobson was born in South Africa and lives in London. His novels include The Rape of Tamar and The God-Fearer. He has won the Somerset Maugham Award for his first book of essays, Time of Arrival, The H H Wingate Award for his novel, The Confessions of Josef Baisz, and the J R Ackerley Award for Autobiography for Time and Time Again. His most recent book is All for Love (2005).More about the translator →