Thursday, 17 January 2019

Books From The Backlog - The Judgement Of Richard Richter by Igor Stiks

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm going to post one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Read The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose UK2 by Terry Tyler and my review will be on Literary Flits tomorrow.

Next up is:



The Judgement Of Richard Richter by Igor Stiks

In this gripping, war-torn epic novel, author Igor Ć tiks, a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Award, tells the story of a celebrated writer who travels to Sarajevo to unearth devastating family secrets and the lies that have defined his life.

Author Richard Richter’s mother and father were always phantoms, both parents having died by the time he was four. His life, now at a crossroads, has been a jumble of invention, elusive memories, and handed-down stories. But when Richard finds his mother’s hidden notebook, written by her during World War II, he discovers a confession that was never meant to be read by anyone—least of all, her son.

Richard’s quest for the truth about his life leads him to an embattled Sarajevo. In the chaos of the besieged city, he discovers something more: a transformative romance and unexpected new friendships that will change the course of his search. But fate has been playing with all of them. And just as fate determines the lives of the characters in his novel, a betrayal reaching back half a century has yet to loosen its grip—on Richard, on everyone he has come to love, and on those he has no choice but to try to forgive.


I bought The Judgement Of Richard Richter almost exactly a year ago and it has languished on my Kindle ever since. I was intrigued by the Sarajevo setting and Igor Stiks being a Bosnian author makes this #ownvoices as well as #WorldReads. On a shallower level, I loved the cover's glacial blue tones!

10 comments:

  1. That sounds like a good way to take part in this and get the book done!

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    1. Hopefully I can re-enthuse myself about these books and clear them from my Kindle!

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  2. Yes, this is really a good intention to read the books hidden on the own book shelf. Although, I read really a lot I'm pretty sure that in my book shelves are also many treasures I didn't read so far :) This book sounds exciting, thanks for the review!
    xx Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. I shouldn't keep buying new books when I already have so many unread ones!

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  3. I like your plan! I have read a few of the books that I have featured since I started doing these posts. I have a lot of books that I have forgotten about. I haven't heard of this one before. I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. I hope you like it after you read it.

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    1. Me too! The synopsis sounds like a book I will love :-)

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  5. Great plan! I think I read three books from the posts I did last year and want to keep up reading some of the ones I put up. Pairing it with reading challenges is a good idea.

    Yes, the man's search for answers and the Sarajevo setting would appeal to me, too.

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    1. I loved The Cellist Of Sarajevo so hope this novel will work a similar magic :-)

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