France

It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp

Sure, the erotic can be alluring. Very alluring. But let’s face it, when you do anything as a profession, it can lose it’s appeal. Being a prostitute demands that one masters the sensual, becomes the erotic professional. And endures subjugation and humiliation. Unless, of course, you’re Garry Marshall and manage to romanticize the hooker lifestyle.…

A Life in Parts

Reading Suite française by Irène Némirovsky already fills you with a sense of melancholy and regret because you know that the the author died in Auschwitz and the reader can’t help but carry around the overwhelming tragedy of the senselessness of war. Because this novel was written during the German occupation of Paris, the authenticity…

Who Am I? Who Are You?

Victor Serge knew a lot about imprisonment. He recently translated political novel, Unforgiving Years, chronicles the life of two revolutionaries working for the Communist regime during the the Second World War. Divided into four parts with four separate locations, Serge makes us feel as if we are just beyond the door peeping through the keyhole…

More Izzo to Come…

In the midst of celebrating Mediterranean Noir week at Salonica, I received a delightful note from uber-talented and award-winning translator, Howard Curtis, who just happened to do the translation for all of Izzo’s work (see Salonica post here) as well as many other superb translations. He reminded me that Europa Editions is publishing the final…