April 2019 #RivetingReviews by West Camel

Here at the European Literature Network, we’re always crossing borders – in fact much of the time we’re trying to dissolve them. 

So with the long holiday weekend within touching distance, and with so many of us looking forward to some time away, it seems apt that several of this month’s reviews focus on travel. 

Jennifer Sarha returns to review Journeying by Claudio Magris, a book all about travel, but not necessarily about destinations. Reviewing Virve Sammalkorpi’s Children of the Cave Lucy Popescu takes us on a nineteenth-century anthropology trip to Russia, in search of a lost tribe. Alyson Coombes examines a tale of a family dispersed across Europe by the Holocaust; and the conditions that led to this situation are laid out in the book Mika Provata-Carlone reviews this month: The Salt of the Earth by Józef Wittlin.

Barry Forshaw takes us on a tour of Iceland with reviews of titles by Ragnar Jónasson and Yrsa Sigurđardóttir, and visits Denmark for Ane Riel’s Resin.

Finally, we’re off to Switzerland for some #LiterallySwiss poetry: Anna Blasiak enthuses about the first English-language translation of poems by Nora Gomringer

So now you have a great selection of titles to put in your suitcases. Enjoy the break and enjoy these great reviews. 

by West Camel

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