book review | the doll’s alphabet by camilla grudova

Camilla Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet is an excellent collection. Interacting with similar motifs and themes across the thirteen stories, she demonstrates just how far you can stretch a concept and still have it work. Dystopian settings, feminist revolutions, strange births, sewing machines – each story is rendered beautifully by Grudova’s prose. Readers are kept close …

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book review | record of a night too brief and people from my neighbourhood by hiromi kawakami

Hiromi Kawakami’s shorter fiction is just as promising as her long-form works. Hallucinatory, and simultaneously heart-breaking and tongue-in-cheek, both collections are expertly translated by Ted Goossen and Lucy North (Neighbourhood and Record, respectively). In the titular novella in Record of a Night Too Brief, Kawakami chronicles the life cycle of a woman in a world …

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