Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan

Review:  Sultana’s Dream is actually a short story and not a whole book, which I didn’t realize until it came to an abrupt end. It’s about a woman’s dream of an utopian society of women who took over the running of their from the men after they suffered a massive military defeat. The story of how the women came to power is my favorite part of … Continue reading Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan

TTT: Top Ten book recommendations for WIT Month!

It’s been forever since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I have missed them. In case you aren’t familiar with this weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday is put on by the Broke and the Bookish. They put out a list of topics by Tuesdays and lots of book bloggers join in the fun, linking their posts book to the originator of the meme. Today’s … Continue reading TTT: Top Ten book recommendations for WIT Month!

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a “testimonial biography”, biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it was The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Since it’s consistently listed as … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell

Review:  This is an amazing collection of short stories. Normally, I don’t read horror but the title is so compelling. I just had to read the whole book as soon as I read the title. It is super creepy. Like, really really creepy. Creeped out at a level that I haven’t been since the last time I read a Stephen King collection of short stories. … Continue reading Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell

On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, translated by Jonathon Cape

Review:  On Black Sisters Street is a dark but good book about the lives of women who have been trafficked to Belgium from Nigeria. It’s sad and a little heartbreaking, but it’s not disaster porn, if that makes any sense. One of my favorite scenes involves one character telling another what to say to the people at the embassy because some of us Western countries get … Continue reading On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, translated by Jonathon Cape

It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa

Today in South Africa, it’s National Women’s Day. While this is not my holiday, as I am not South African, I thought it would still be nice to share some books about South African women on their day. This holiday commemorates a pretty spectacular Women’s March in South Africa back in 1956. I didn’t find any books specifically about the March, but check out the … Continue reading It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa

Memoir Monday: The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

As I was searching form my WIT Month reads, I came upon this book. It didn’t quite make it into my TBR for this month but it is in a more long term one. Here’s the synopsis: The prizewinning memoir of one of the world’s great writers, about coming of age as an enemy of the people and finding her voice in Stalinist Russia Born across the … Continue reading Memoir Monday: The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don’t envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into the poetry of another language and try to come out … Continue reading Femme Friday: Translated Poets

TBT: WIT Month Reads from last year

As previously stated, I am celebrating Women In Translation Month along with some other bloggers and publishers. Last year was my first time and I loved it! I did write a wrap up post last year too but it missed some of the reviews of books I finished when the month was over. If you want to celebrate and don’t know what to try here … Continue reading TBT: WIT Month Reads from last year