As I do every three months here, I'm now going to run down popular Amazon purchases made through links on this site. As a reminder to everyone, purchases made through Amazon links on this site kick back a donation to me and help fund both this blog and The Quarterly Conversation.
#1: The Story About the Story, edited by JC Hallman
This is a unique experience in the time that I've been doing this: The Story About the Story is a book that I've really gotten behind, both personally and as editor of The Quarterly Conversation, so it's gratifying to see readers respond by making it the #1 selling book this quarter, despite the fact that I only started discussing it less than a month ago. I think it's going to be a great anthology of literary criticism, so I'm really glad to see it up here at #1.
#2: The She-Devil in the Mirror, by Horacio Castellanos Moya
This is another book–and an author–that I've very much gotten behind on this site. The She-Devil in the Mirror is the second book translated by New Directions by Central American novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya (it follows Senselessness), and I've had great things to say about both books. Another Moya translation, Dance with Snakes has just been published by Biblioasis.
#3: Best European Fiction 2010, edited by Aleksandar Hemon
By contrast to the first two, I think I've only mentioned Best European Fiction 2010 a couple of times on this site, and it's pretty much sold itself. It's a Dalkey book, and obviously people trust Dalkey's well-established name in translated literature, as well as that of the book's editor, Aleksandr Hemon. It's the first in a series of yearly anthologies of new literature from Europe, which seems like a great thing for translated literature in this country.
#4: The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolano
The Skating Rink is another one pretty much sold on reputation, although I did review the book very favorably at The Quarterly Conversation. Oddly enough, no one seems to be buying By Night in Chile through this site even though, I must say, it's probably my second-favorite Bolano novel.
Now we start getting into the books that tied. There were a bunch in this slot, mostly owing to being discussed either on this site or on The Quarterly Conversation.
- A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books that Capture the Spirit of Africa by Geoff Wisner
- A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library), edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors
- Desert by JMG LeClezio
- Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
#6: More Ties
Ditto for the #6 slot.
- Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy by Marie Vieux-Chauvet
- The Beijing of Possibilities by Jonathan Tel
- The Tanners by Robert Walser
- The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov