Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Europa Meme

Okay folks, I have decided to enter the Europa Challenge, arranged by Marie at Boston Bibliophile. I, like many others accepting this challenge, am in love with the classy covers and feel of Europa paperbacks and love the idea of Europa's publishing raison d'etre: international literature by writers published in English. This is my favorite type of reading material of all. I have been guilty of lusting after books I can't afford simply because the covers are so luscious, especially the ones looking like woodcuts. I've read some books on the list but look forward to many more. According to Marie, the rules are as follows:

◦Bold the books you've read (you can link to reviews on your blog if you want),
◦Italicize the ones you own but haven't read,
◦Underline the ones you'd like to buy.

Europa Editions-From 1 to 100

  1. Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment
  2. James Hamilton-Paterson, Cooking with Fernet Branca
  3. Benjamin Tammuz, Minotaur
  4. Wolf Erlbruch, The Big Question
  5. Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Chaos
  6. Massimo Carlotto, The Goodbye Kiss
  7. Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square
  8. Sélim Nassib, I Loved You for Your Voice
  9. Edna Mazya, Love Burns
  10. Chad Taylor, Departure Lounge
  11. Ioanna Karystiani, The Jasmine Isle
  12. Matthew F. Jones, Boot Tracks
  13. Wolf-Belli, The Butterfly Workshop
  14. Carlo Lucarelli , Carte Blanche
  15. Elena Ferrante, Troubling Love
  16. Jean-Claude Izzo, Chourmo
  17. Massimo Carlotto, Death's Dark Abyss
  18. James Hamilton-Paterson, Amazing Disgrace
  19. Stefano Benni, Margherita Dolce Vita
  20. Wolf Erlbruch, The Miracle of the Bears
  21. Alfred Hayes, The Girl on the Via Flaminia
  22. Sélim Nassib, The Palestinian Lover
  23. Christa Wolf, One Day a Year. 1960-2000
  24. Massimo Carlotto, The Fugitive
  25. Gene Kerrigan, The Midnight Choir
  26. Altan, Here Comes Timpa
  27. Carlo Lucarelli, The Damned Season
  28. Peter Kocan, Fresh Fields
  29. Jean-Claude Izzo, Solea
  30. Alicia Giménez-Bartlett, Prime Time Suspect
  31. Altan, Timpa goes to the Sea
  32. Alessandro Piperno, The Worst Intentions
  33. Edwin M. Yoder Jr., Lions at Lamb House.
  34. Jean-Claude Izzo, The Lost Sailors
  35. Jane Gardam, The Queen of the Tambourine
  36. Michele Zackheim, Broken Colors
  37. Steve Erickson, Zeroville
  38. Altan, Fairy Tale Timpa
  39. Carmine Abate, Between Two Seas
  40. Katharina Hacker, The Have-Nots
  41. Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter
  42. Gene Kerrigan, Little Criminals
  43. Stefano Benni, Timeskipper
  44. Peter Kocan, The Treatment & The Cure
  45. Carlo Lucarelli, Via delle Oche
  46. Alicia Giménez-Bartlett, Death Rites
  47. Gail Jones, Sorry
  48. Jane Gardam, The People On Privilege Hill
  49. Roma Tearne, Mosquito
  50. Helmut Krausser, Eros
  51. Jean-Claude Izzo, A Sun for the Dying
  52. Amara Lakhous, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
  53. James Hamilton- Paterson, Rancid Pansies
  54. Francisco Coloane, Tierra del Fuego
  55. Amélie Nothomb, Tokyo Fiancée
  56. Joel Stone, The Jerusalem File
  57. Domenico Starnone, First Execution
  58. Shashi Deshpande, The Dark Holds No Terrors
  59. Salwa Al Neimi, The Proof of the Honey
  60. James Hamilton-Paterson, Seven-Tenths: The Sea and its Thresholds
  61. Alberto Angela, A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
  62. Giancarlo De Cataldo, The Father and the Foreigner
  63. Roma Tearne , Bone China
  64. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, The Most Beautiful Book in the World. Eight Novellas
  65. Muriel Barbery, Gourmet Rhapsody
  66. Valeria Parrella, For Grace Received
  67. Lia Levi, The Jewish Husband
  68. Boualem Sansal, The German Mujahid
  69. Massimo Carlotto & Marco Videtta, Poisonville
  70. Romano Bilenchi, The Chill
  71. Jane Gardam, The Man in the Wooden Hat
  72. Helmut Dubiel, Deep In the Brain.
  73. Ioanna Karystiani, Swell
  74. Valerio Massimo Manfredi, The Ides of March
  75. Daniele Mastrogiacomo, Days of Fear
  76. Alina Bronsky, Broken Glass Park
  77. Linda Ferri, Cecilia
  78. Caryl Férey, Zulu
  79. Jenn Ashworth, A Kind of Intimacy
  80. Leïla Marouane, The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris
  81. Lorcan Roche, The Companion
  82. Carmine Abate, The Homecoming Party
  83. Laurence Cossé, A Novel Bookstore
  84. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, The Woman with the Bouquet
  85. Massimo Carlotto, Bandit Love
  86. Fay Weldon, Chalcot Crescent
  87. Rebecca Connell, The Art of Losing
  88. Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room
  89. Amélie Nothomb, Hygiene and the Assassin
  90. Jane Gardam, God on the Rocks
  91. James Scudamore, Heliopolis
  92. Yishai Sarid, Limassol
  93. Milena Agus, From the Land of the Moon
  94. Luis Sepúlveda, The Shadow of What We Were
  95. Anne Wiazemsky, My Berlin Child
  96. Kazimierz Brandys, Rondo
  97. Alina Bronsky, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

Since I know underlining means interest and best intentions, and this list can be modified with the stroke of a keyboard, I'm going to leave it at that for the moment. Six months is six months, after all. I am actually interested in pursuing the Europa Connoisseur designation, which means reading all of the 100 books on the list, but that's a longer story. We'll see. Anyone else interested in joining me on this?

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  1. Woohoo, so glad to have you aboard! I can't wait to read your reviews!
    p.s. I'll add this to the Mr. linky for the Europa Meme on the challenge blog, if you haven't already. :-)

  2. OOooooo! I just read The Days of Abandonment! and if I could figure out how to post to the challenge site, I'll have a "Thoughts" post soon. It was my first Europa but I've just started my second and it's wonderful so far.