My month of reading books in translation was surprisingly productive up until the middle of the month, when I fell ill at the same time as my plans to move cities in January fell apart. It took me a week to fully recover, which ate up a lot of my free time.
Expansive and engaging, Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust explores the history of walking in the West.
An engaging memoir from the junior U.S. Senator for California, Kamala Harris’s The Truths We Hold sketches the author’s early life, political career, and 2020 campaign platform.
The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love most deeply in a new, more fractured light. Look hard. Risk that.
―Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things
You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.
—Annie Dillard, “Write Till You Drop”
Last week I bridged the gap between 2018 and 2019 with the novels of Qiu Miaojin, Notes of a Crocodile and Last Words from Montmartre, and began my new year of reading on a high note.
For the month of January I’ll be focusing on reading fiction and nonfiction by writers in translation, from Haruki Murakami to Marguerite Duras.