Currently reading – Sweet Days of Discipline, by Fleur Jaeggy, translated by Tim Parks. Born in 1940, Jaeggy is a Swiss author of five novels. I finished the first novel in the Gombrowicz book, so I’m taking an intermission with this.
Currently reading – Cosmos and Pornografia, Two Novels by Witold Gombrowicz. Born in 1904, Gombrowicz was a Polish writer and playwright nominated for the Nobel Prize, but never awarded it. He died in 1969. This book was given to me by a dear, departed friend.
Currently reading – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel. Born in 1960, Bechdel is an American cartoonist and winner of the MacArthur “Genius” award. This book is a memoir via comic.
Currently reading – A Country for Dying, by Abdellah Taïa, translated by Emma Ramadan. Born in 1973, Taïa is a Moroccan writer who lives in France. This slim novel tells the story of two Moroccan prostitutes in Paris.
Currently reading – Saga, Volumes 8 and 9, by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan. Decided to finish this series once and for all. 😁
Currently reading – Corregidora, by Gayl Jones. Born in 1949, Jones is an African-American writer who was discovered by Toni Morrison when Morrison was an editor at Random House. This novel was published in 1975, when Jones was only 26. But her strange personal life has made her fall out of fashion.
Currently reading – On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan. Born in 1948, McEwan is a British novelist and screenwriter, and a bit of an institution across the pond.
Currently reading – A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. Born in 1930, Hansberry was the first African-American playwright to have a play performed on Broadway. Had she not died of pancreatic cancer at age 34, there is no telling what she could have accomplished.
Currently reading – The Pugilist at Rest, by Thom Jones. Born in 1945, Jones was an American writer. This collection of short stories, his first book, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1993. Jones died in 2016.
Currently reading – Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity, by Porochista Khakpour. Born in Tehran in 1978, Khakpour is an Iranian-American writer whose family fled Iran for Southern California when she was a child.