Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Reviews Round-Up

Here at David R. Godine, Publisher, we strive to produce high quality books above all else. So, when our books and authors are praised, we hope you'll forgive us for acting like proud parents. Please join us in celebrating the recent success of a few of our talented authors.

This month we’ve had a lot of press about our Verba Mundi books—fine literature translated to English. We are very felice - lycklig – gelukkig – fericit – i lumtur – hari – masaya - szczęśliwy– hapus – HAPPY to share these fantastic reviews with you.

The Tartar Steppe, written by Dino Buzzatti, is reminiscent of the works of Kafka. In this delightfully thrilling novel, young Giovanni Drogo deals with military life and the human thirst for glory. We love how this Italian novel translates in English, how it keeps its beautiful romantic essence in an accessible book. You can read the full article by clicking here.

We were thrilled to read this review from Rochester University. Not only does it praise Stig Dagerman’s Sleet, but it’s got us convinced that we’re going to win the Best Translated Book Award. These selected Swedish stories feature the loss of innocence, and they are both haunting and breathtaking. To read the full article, click here. And don’t worry—we’ll keep you updated about the award.

Although Karsh: Beyond the Camera isn’t a Verba Mundi book, we were glad to find this review, too. We love how this book explores the art and photography of Yousuf Karsh, and we think the writing selections make this book unique.

Not exactly a review, Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series received a quick blurb on the Today Show from former middle school teacher Jessica Lahey. Amongst the discussion of gender-marketed children's books, Swallows and Amazons was called "a book that should be on every school's bookshelf." We're honored to have published such a timeless series! Watch the clip here.

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