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Nieske van der Heijde

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Last week we made one of the shortest bicycle trips we regularly make. Up the street, along a few speed bumps, past a busy crossing, and we are in the wood. It’s just a short distance from buildings to wood,…

Cold enough for snow – Jessica Au

The sentence: “It was strange at once to be so familiar yet so separated.” sums up this novel venry well. A novel about family, art and language. A meditative novel without much of a story. The narrator alternates thoughts about the nature of life with memories, sparse conversations with her mother and phonecalls with her sister.

Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

A beautiful, unassuming book. The narrator Kazu lives in a camp for the homeless near Ueno station. He tells the story of his life. Born in the same year as emperor Hirohito he lived a humble life paralel to that of the emperor.