Honoré de Balzac on the impossibility of knowing Paris wholly

I can’t seem to draw myself away from classic French literature of late. Proust is always on my reading cycle - À la recherche du temps perdu is nothing if not a perpetual undertaking - but over this past year or so I’ve also been continually dipping … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Longlist announced for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013

The 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist has been announced, revealing a globe-spanning selection of sixteen translated titles which will be vying for this year's top prize of £10,000, which is uniquely shared equally between author and … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! by Stephan Mendel-Enk

Outside of literature I have a profound interest in religion. I may be an atheist myself but religion has long fascinated me. My main interest lies in the Islamic and Judaic religions and their associated histories and architecture, but I'm also … [Read more...]

Laszlo Krasznahorkai giveaway: And the lucky winners are…

It's an historic day today at EdBookfest as Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai takes to the stage with the Argentinian Carlos Gamerro. And László's appearance signals the end of my giveaway competition, in which two lucky readers will each win a … [Read more...]

Laurent Binet Giveaway: And the winners are…..

With Laurent Binet appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, it's time to reveal the winners of my giveaway competition, in which two lucky readers will each win a personally signed copy of Binet's extraordinary debut novel, … [Read more...]

EdBookFest Giveaway: Win one of two PERSONALLY SIGNED copies of Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s SATANTANGO

This is the second of my translated fiction giveaways, and what an absolute cracker it is. Sátántango is considered to be one of the masterpieces of post-war Hungarian literature. It was published in Hungary in 1985, and after a twenty seven year gap … [Read more...]

EdBookFest Giveaway: Win one of two PERSONALLY SIGNED copies of Laurent Binet’s HHhH

To mark Laurent Binet's appearance at this year's EdBookFest, the kind souls at Harvil Secker have given me two copies of the French author's extraordinary debut novel HHhH to give away. I had hoped to post my own review of the novel prior to … [Read more...]

Aharon Appelfeld wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

The winner of this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced last night as Aharon Appelfeld, with his Holocaust novel, Blooms of Darkness (Alma Books); translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green. Appelfeld's novel, which is based … [Read more...]

Sjón chosen as winner of 2012 ‘Shadow’ Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

If you've been following RobAroundBooks these past few weeks then you will know that I, along with others (details below), have been 'shadow judging' this year's official Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. We read, reviewed and mulled over the … [Read more...]