#RivetingReviews March 2024 – Introduction by Anna Blasiak

Spring is here! Spring is here! Spring is finally here! Don’t just want to shout about it from the rooftops? Well, I, for one, can barely stop myself …

To add to the enjoyment of longer days, milder temperatures and gardens bursting with blossom and fresh greenery, we have our spring batch of reviews for you today. As is befitting for a week that – apart from the first day of spring – also marked the World Poetry Day, we have quite a few poetry reviews this month. Ewa Sherman discusses the Turkish poet Efe Duyan who – as you would expect from an architect – investigates space, in this case the space between words and sentences. Maria Jastrzębska in her first (and hopefully not the last) #RivetingReview takes a closer look at the Bulgarian poet Tsvetanka Elenkova and her poetic close-ups. And Joseph Dance travels to Athens in the 1980s and 1990s with Kostya Tsolakis. I, on the other hand, take a journey into the European West and examine two books translated from Dutch: a huge (well, at least when it comes to poetry), meditative Collected Works by F. Van Dixhoorn and the award-winning Virgula by Sasja Janssen.

But don’t think we have no prose for you in March. Quite the opposite. Mandy Wight returns this month with a review of Viola Ardone’s book in which the author dissect female relationships and traditional expectations of women in Italy. John Munch brings us his analysis of Walter Kempowski’s An Ordinary Youth, a novel with an autobiographical slant on Third Reich’s atrocities. Two more German books feature in our set this month: Simone Buchholz’ new crime novel reviewed by Paul Burke and Birgit Weyhe’s graphic novel Rude Girl. Then Max Easterman gives us his thoughts on what links food with power in Witold Szabłowski non-fiction book What’s Cooking in Kremlin. And Rosie Goldsmith follows Andrey Kurkov to early-20-century Kyiv in his retro crime novel.

#RivetingReviews will return in June, under the editorship of Rosie Eyre. The deadline for submissions is 10 June and the publication date is 21 June. If you have an idea for a review, do please contact us at: contact@eurolitnetwork.com.

Anna Blasiak

Category: March 2024


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