Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: Rabbit Back Literature Society

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Rabbit Back Literature Society. The whimsical cover had comments such as “unnerving, enigmatic”, “unexpected, thrilling and absurd” and “a lobster pot of a book”. Rabbit Back Literature Society was written by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen and translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers. That it was published by one of my favourite publishers, Pushkin…

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Chocolate trail in Brussels

Belgian chocolate is reputed to be amongst the best in the world – the domestic consumption is one of the highest worldwide, as is its chocolate export trade. When I first moved to Brussels, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t an artisan chocolatier at every other street corner. Large commercial brands such as Godiva, Neuhaus and Leonidas don’t…

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A. M. Homes: Music for Torching

It was just past midnight. “About time to sleep,” I said to AB as I pulled Music for Torching by A. M. Homes from the shelves to read. It was around five in the morning when I turned the last page on the suburban nightmare that Homes created. Music for Torching is centred around an upper-class couple…

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Stefan Zweig: The World of Yesterday

One of the things I like about blogging is the wealth of information that is being exchanged. Now and then, someone leaves a comment on my blog that leads me to discover something new or interesting. This was how I came to learn of Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday. Andrew – writing All Downhill from Here over in…

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