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The Garden of Seven Twilights (El Jardí dels Set Crepuscles) by Miquel de Palol

Miquel de Palol’s debut novel is essentially a huge storytelling machine whose design has been inspired by such familiar classics as The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, One Thousand and One Nights, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, and The 120 Days … Continue reading

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Illarion and the Dwarf (Илларион и Карлик) by Vladimir Gubin

Vladimir Gubin has remained in the history of Russian literature as the author of one work, which he kept reworking and polishing for 15 years, from 1981 to 1996. I’d like to start my review with two dismissals of this … Continue reading

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The Game of Contemporaneity (Игры современников, 同時代ゲーム) by Kenzaburō Ōe

The title of Kenzaburō Ōe’s 1979 novel Dōjidai Gemu has been translated in a variety of ways. In Vladimir Grivnin’s Russian translation that I have read the book is called The Games of Contemporaries, but I have decided to keep … Continue reading

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