Earlier this week I posted about becoming one of the participants on The Europa Challenge Blog, a fan blog dedicated to encouraging reading and reviewing the contemporary books by mostly European writers published by Europa Editions. I’ve set my sights on achieving the challenge’s Europa Ami level by reading four Europa books by the end of the year, but, since I’ve already read several more from the publisher, I’m planning on posting about those, too.
As I noted in my introductory post over on the challenge blog, I tend to forget the details of books once I’ve read them, so posting about those I read in the last couple of years will require some rereading. That’s OK: one of the many reasons I started this blog was to keep better track of and better remember what I’ve read.
Here are three suggestions for Europa reading:
1) The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. If there’s one book that hooked me and others on Europa Editions and put the publisher on the map, it’s this one. It was a bestseller in Europe and a bestseller in the US, translated from the original French into English and other languages. The cover is charming, and so is the story.
2) A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome, by Alberto Angela. A paleontologist who also hosts popular science television shows in Italy, Angela takes the reader on a fictional walk through the Eternal City on a day during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, almost two thousand years ago.
3) The Woman with the Bouquet, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. These tightly crafted short stories mix dreams with reality.
Have you read any books published by Europa Editions? Did you like them? Have you ever participated on a fan blog?