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FIVE NOVELLAS YOU MUST READ NOW!
I haven’t quite decided how I’ll be going about this whole novella blogging malarky. Do I just draw a line in the sand and review new (or new to me) books? Or do I go back and write about some of the ones that made me fall in love with the form in the first place?
At the moment, I’m leaning towards the former, which means there’s a truckload of amazing little books that won’t get a proper look-in here. And that sort of sucks. So, with that in mind, I’m thinking I’ll pop in with short shopping list posts from time to time, highlighting my favourite novellas and, if I ever get around to it, write about some of them in detail down the track.
Pulling these out of my ear, here are five of my favourite novellas that you absolutely must read now:
Beside The Sea by Veronique Olmi. Translated by Adriana Hunter. Peirine Press, 2010. 120 pages.
Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal. Translated by Michael Henry Heim. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1990. 98 pages.
Khirbet Khizeh by S. Yizhar. Translated by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck. Ibis Press, 2008. 110 pages.
The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud. Translated by John Cullen. Other Press, 2015. 143 pages.
The Graveyard by Marek Hlasko. Translated by Norbert Guterman. Melville House, 2013. 160 pages.