Beloved fellow blogger Cocooning Cat asked 17 book-bloggers from Greece (myself included) to suggest a book for this summer. She then gathered our recommendations and created this amazing post. After thanking her once again for including my choice, I’d like to re-create this list in English for anyone in the non-Greek-speaking audience who might be interested. Enjoy!
- Jean-Paul Sartre, “The Words” (Les Mots) suggested by Voltitses.
- Françoise Sagan, “Bonjour Tristesse” suggested by Alice in Bookworld.
- Ezequiel Ratti and Tosato Franca, “Cromañón” suggested by Istories Siggrafikis Trelas.
- Cesare Pavese, “The Beautiful Summer” (La bella estate) suggested by Peri Logotexnias kai Allon Daemonion“.
- Fernando Pessoa, “The Book of Disquiet” (Livro do Desassossego) suggested by Pote Pote tin Kiriaki.
- Charis Mavros “Μέχρι τις 4” (no English translation available) suggested by Tis Fanis tis Fanike Oreo.
- Donna Tartt, “The Goldfinch” suggested by A Wind that Rose.
- Tom Robins, “Still Life with Woodpecker” suggested by Cherybookish’s Blog.
- Donna Tartt, “The Secret Story” suggested by Don’t Ever Read Me.
- Haruki Murakami, “1Q84” suggested by Garden of Stories.
- M. Karagatsis, “The Great Chimera” suggested by Join the Book Side.
- Emery Lord, “When We Collided” suggested by Metaphrasi.
- John Allison, Whitney Cogar and Lissa Treiman “Giant Days” suggested by Over the Place.
- Patti Smith “Just Kids” suggested by Style Rive Gauche.
- Ishmael Beah “A Long Way Gone” suggested by The Black Cat Diaries.
- Yoko Ogawa, “Hotel Iris” suggested by Zizeloni van Kat.
And, last but not least, Gabriel García Márquez’s “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” suggested, well, by me:
“How is it possible for a whole town to be aware of the murder that is going to be committed real soon and, yet, that nobody managed to prevent it from happening? This is the question that the narrator in Márquez’s “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”, a pseudo-journalistic quest of the last incidents before Santiago Nasar’s murder, is trying to answer. The writer uses non-linear narration to uncover the truth behind this heinous act: a woman’s lie, her brothers’ duty to protect her honour and a society which seems to applaud murder under certain conditions… Stifling, like a hot summer night in town, this is the ideal novel for readers who enjoy summer idleness.”