It's almost WIT Month!

And I'm back, just in time!

Every August, Meytal hosts Women in Translation Month at Bibliobio.  There is always tons of good information, stuff to think about, and great suggestions for books.  And this year there's a variety of images, too!  I like this one because I like purple and green together.

I put three books aside on my 20 Books of Summer list for August.  Since I haven't read them yet, I've lifted the book descriptions:

Purge by Sofi Oksanen: Oksanen is a Finnish-Estonian writer, and this novel is written in Finnish but set in Estonia (the languages are related).  It's all about Soviet-occupied Estonia and survival, and I'm really looking forward to it.  A disheveled girl arrives on an older woman's doorstep, and "as their stories come to light, they reveal a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation."

Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong: Banned in Vietnam!  The first Vietnamese novel published in the United States!  Plus, it's "an exquisite portrait of three Vietnamese women struggling to survive in a society where subservience to men is expected and Communist corruption crushes every dream."  This has been on my pile for some time.

Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer. Translated from the Spanish by none other than Ursula K. Le Guin, in this fascinating-sounding book, "multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times. Fairy tales, oral histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories."  I've been dying to read it since the first minute I heard about it.

I've got plenty to tell you about my trip, but I also have a lot of work to do because of the trip, so blogging will still have to be a bit skimpy until I get that done. I'm just taking a break from the job to pop in with a quick post.  Besides, I can't ignore one of my favorite summer events!

Come to think of it, my trip and the ensuing job have a connection to WIT.  Stay tuned to have that mystery revealed!


  1. You were more organized than I was! I didn't put any WIT books on my 20 books of summer even though I should have known...

  2. Yeah, last year I burned myself by forgetting to put any WIT books on my list of 20, so this year I made sure to pick some!


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