Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Five “Claudine” novels by Colette

When I was fifteen, I was Claudine. Why not? I was rebellious and had chestnut curls. I read and reread my literary auntie’s lovely copy of Colette’s Claudine at School … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal

What a curious little book. I got Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal a couple of Christmases ago, from my parents, after I added to my Amazon wishlist. And I added … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 9 Comments

The magnificence of Maurice Druon

We have a new BookFox, Colin Fisher, whose reviews have graced our pages for several years. In his first review as a full member of the Vulpes Libris den, he … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Manga

Guest reviewer Lucy talks us through Japanese manga comics, how to choose, and where to buy them. Manga is, put quite simply, any comic created in Japan. The term has … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Strange Gardens / Effroyables Jardins by Michel Quint

I’ll be honest – when I was going through my tbr shelves to decide what I’d read for this theme week, it was entirely length that dictated my decision. Michel … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

La Machine Infernale (The Infernal Machine) by Jean Cocteau

‘Watch now, spectator. Before you is a fully wound machine. Slowly its spring will unwind the entire span of a human life. It is one of the most perfect machines … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jenny Erpenbeck, The End of Days

There are several ways to describe The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky. The selected quotations from big-name newspapers on the cover rave and croon over its … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (trans. by Ted Goossen)

The critical acclaim and the cult following of Haruki Murakami in this country is such that the front cover of The Strange Library that only Murakami’s surname is required. Also on … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Legend of the Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

“The Legend of the Holy Drinker is Joseph Roth’s last work of fiction, quite deliberately so. Like Andreas’s repayment of the two hundred francs, it was his last detail. Again, … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Catalan-Spanish writer, who has done much to popularise literature in translation in many Anglophone cultures, including the UK, where the book scene is reputed to … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

Books about cats are quite difficult to get right. Even for dyed-in-the-fur cat-lovers, plenty of the feline narratives out there are too fey. I have to confess to struggling with Paul … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 5 Comments

Coming Up This Week

At first glance, we seem to have an animal filled week, but Dragonhold is really a place, not a corral for dragons, unfortunately. So what we really have is a … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, trans. by David Bellos

First things first: I made a small error in yesterday’s Coming Up post. This isn’t a Pushkin Classic, as it was only published in its original French a couple of … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares’s Family Heirlooms

First, let us admire the magnificent name of this famous Brazilian novelist: Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares. It’s like her prose: elaborate, decorative, exotic, elegant. She is an award-winning author in Brazil … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 5 Comments

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