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Moscow Circles by Venedikt Erofeev
Moscow Circles by Venedikt Erofeev
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This novel or "prose-poem" was completed in the USSR by the author in 1969 and published in the West in the 1970s. The English translation I read, by J. R. Dorrell, came out in 1981 under the title Moscow Circles; another translation, by H. William Tjalsma, had been published in 1980 as Moscow to the End of the Line. The book eventually came out in the author's homeland in 1989, the year before the government collapsed and the author passed away.

Apparently Erofeev and this novel are much loved, especially by members of his generation. In his introduction, the translator wrote of the book's praise as an example of samizdat literature reacting to hopelessness and repression under… Read more
I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere by Anna Gavalda
This book came out in 2003 and contained 12 short stories. It was the English translation of the author's first short-story collection, published in France in 1999.

Most of the stories concerned the absence of love and the search for love, or at least sex. Here it was the longing for love that got attention, rather than people already in a relationship and trying to make it work. Other stories followed sensitively a woman's experience of pregnancy and a woman's efforts to get her first book published. Three others shaded into black humor (involving an expensive car) or tragedy (a traffic pileup, a violent assault). Nine of the pieces had first-person narrators, five of whom were… Read more
Dance Of The Happy Shades by Alice Munro
Dance Of The Happy Shades by Alice Munro
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book came out in 1968 and contained 15 short stories. It was the first of the 12 or so collections of short works Munro has published to date.

The stories here were set in farmlands or small towns, presumably in Ontario's back country. The collection showed a range of narrative voices: in the first person by girls, although it was clear the narrators were adults and recalling events from childhood; by adult women, married or unmarried; and even a teenage boy. And in the third person, either omniscient or following the viewpoint of a woman or girl. Eleven of the pieces were written in the first person, and for me these were where the author's work was most memorable,… Read more