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Landscape with Dog by Ersi Sotiropoulos
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Were Raymond Carver a 21st-century Greek woman, he might have written stories like these by Ersi Sotiropoulos. Small epiphanies, small impasses between siblings, girlfriends, and couples, between mothers and grown children. That take place in apartment kitchens, cafés, small European cars, even on the way from the kitchen to the café in a small European car. And a couple of somewhat stranger stories just to enliven the mix.

I began reading with those inexplicable reservations which can (but luckily didn't) prevent one from picking up a book at all. I paced myself, a story or two at a time, but toward the end was racing through them, unable to stop. The writing reminded me of I'd Like, Amanda Michalopoulou's fluid and unpredictable novel-in-stories, which made Three Percent's list last year. It wasn't a surprise then to find that one translator, Karen Emmerich, did both.

On Three Percent's longlist for 2010 Best Translated Book Award.
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