Best Books of 2016

No less than 3 Istros' titles on major 'best books' lists for 2016

It's been a bumper year for Istros, what with the merger with the likeminded indy publisher, Peter Owen, and a host of books in translation that reached more readers that ever before. Here are the ones that made the 'best books' list in the media:

Eliade's first foray into fiction, DIARY OF A SHORT-SIGHTED ADOLESCENT gets to the top of Eileen Batterbsy's list in the Irish Times, and is No.2 on Nick Lezard's paperback pick:

"...we discover that Adrian Mole was real, and lived in 1920s Romania. Eliade’s book really is his teenage diary, but it reads like a literary creation – and is very funny."

The Guardian

"Fresh and funny, the narrator is particularly astute when profiling his classmates for posterity."

Irish Times

There was much interest in Faruk Sehic's debut novel of war and recovery, QUIET FLOWS THE UNA, and it held a special place for Kapka Kassabova, who reviewed it in the Guardian, and chose it as her best book of 2016:

"In this richly imagined and harrowing hybrid of a book he weaves Yugo-bildungsroman on the banks of the beautiful River Una with some of the best interior writing on war and post-war damage since The Things They Carried, and with tripped-out scenes of a submerged riverine world where poetry is king."

Scottish Review of Books

Finally, the travel novel PANORAMA by Dušan Šarotar has brought joy to two dedicated bloggers of translated fiction - Stu Allen and J.M. Schreiber:

"For me, as a reader and a writer, one of the most important books I read this year is this literary meditation on migration, language, landscape, and loss."

Roughghosts Literary Blog

"My book of a year by a country mile this is simply why I read books in translation that once a decade discovery of a voice so exciting and fresh..."

Winstonsdad Blog