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Limassol by Yishai Sarid
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Jan 10, 11

bookshelves: espionage, fiction
Read from December 27, 2010 to January 10, 2011

John le Carré this is not. Honestly, I think it was poorly translated, the prose felt incredibly stiff. (Note to translators: avoid the word "very" in English. It is a very boring word.) And I get that the protagonist is emotionally detached as a result of his job and it's a metaphor for Israeli society, but riding it this long... it's relying on the form. It's not good fiction.

It's almost enough to turn me off of translated fiction. Thank goodness I'm still reading Pevear & Volokhonsky's edition of Anna Karenina.
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