I’m fresh off a week of vacation where (shocker, shocker) I mostly just sat around my house and read books and watch Parks and Rec reruns. It was pretty boss. Let’s get to it:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz, translated by Elisabeth Jacquette (Melville House, May 24th)— A dystopian novel from an Egyptian writer about life in an unnamed city after a failed populist uprising, described as BOTH Orwellian and Kafkaesque. There’s no way I’m not reading this.
Outbox (Books Finished)
The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith— This was one bonkers-weird, super-dark ride, y’all. The main character (whose voice we rarely hear and who never narrates her own story) goes vegetarian, upsetting her family, and from there the story goes off the rails. This is a tiny book about abuse, mental illness, nonconformity, feminism, consent, and oppression. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
To the End of the Land by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen— I’m heading to Israel for the Jerusalem International Writers Festival at the end of the month, and Grossman is one of the headliners. I’ve never read him, and now seemed like the most appropriate time!
That’s it for me! How was your week in reading?