Category: Azerbaijan

Peter Adolphsen: Machine (Machine)

The latest addition to my website is Peter Adolphsen‘s Machine (Machine). This is another short but very inventive novel from Adolphsen. We follow the life of an oil molecule, from its creation some fifty-five million years ago (from the heart of a Eohippus) and how it either directly affects various various people or how things happen to them when it is being transported or used. There are two main characters – Jimmy Nash, originally from Azerbaijan, who extracts the oil from the ground, and Clarissa Sanders who puts the molecule in her car in the form of petrol. Their lives and the molecule interact in surprising ways. It is very clever, very inventive, very informative and a joy to read.

Chinghiz Gusseinov: Магомед, Мамед, Мамиш (Mahomet, Mahmed, Mamish)


The latest addition to my website is Chinghiz Gusseinov‘s Магомед, Мамед, Мамиш (Mahomet, Mahmed, Mamish), an Azerbaijani novel, the first one from that country on my website. While certainly not a great novel, it is is certainly very enjoyable, telling the story of a rumbunctious family in Baku who both stick closely together while not being averse to stabbing one another in the back. The situation is complicated when Hasai, the patriarch takes a new wife, Rena, who is loved by two other members of the family, and his first wife, whom he does not divorce, is understandably not happy with the situation and is not averse to making her views known. Mamish, son of Hasai’s younger sister, is caught up in all of this mess and does not necessarily extricate himself very successfully.

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