Bob Van Laerhoven – update and a special offer

Belgian author, Bob Van Laerhoven, has returned to Reading Recommendations to tell us of a new English translation edition of his novel, Baudelaire’s Revenge, and a special price for the eBook at Amazon for the rest of December.


Baudelaire’s Revenge: A Novel
by Bob Van Laerhoven
Translated by Brian Doyle
Published in English by Pegasus Books
Genre: Fiction – mystery, thriller, suspense

Winner of the Hercule Poirot Prize for Best Crime Novel – Winner of the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category Fiction: mystery/suspense

Paris police commissioner Paul Lefèvre, robust and hirsute, hardly seems like a poetry lover. Nonetheless, he instantly recognizes the messages accompanying murder victims killed in flamboyant ways as excerpts from poems by the scandalous, recently deceased poet Baudelaire. Is this gruesomely inventive serial killer exacting revenge on Baudelaire’s enemies? Paris is in an uproar in 1870. The Franco-Prussian War is on full boil, the poor are hungry and insurrectional, and the decadent rich are partying. As Lefèvre and longtime comrade Inspector Bernard Bouveroux—they served together as soldiers in Algiers—seek to stop this diabolical, perhaps otherwordly serial killer, the philosophical Lefèvre is haunted by traumatic memories of war and a childhood abomination. He is also longing for his sharp-witted beloved, the now-missing prostitute Claire de la Lune. In this superbly crafted Hercule Poirot Prize–winning mystery, Belgian writer Van Laerhoven vividly and astutely evokes a city under siege and keenly portrays the complex and controversial Baudelaire. But he also constructs a wildly convoluted and sexually explicit gothic tale of monstrous urges and violently broken taboos.

Some great news: Amazon has selected BAUDELAIRE’S REVENGE for their Kindle 100 promotion for the month of December. From 12/1 to 12/31, it will have a promotional price of $0.99, and it will receive featured placement on the Monthly Kindle Deals page and in Amazon merchandising materials. (Availability of this special may be limited to North America.)

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Detlef Karthaus

I first met Detlef Karthaus in 2004 when my sister asked me to attend an Esperanto Club meeting in Toronto. Detlef has since retired and is now translating texts from English and German into Esperanto. I asked him to provide me with a translation of his replies to my questions so that this could be the first Reading Recommendations promotion offered to you in a bilingual version, English/Esperanto. This is also my first promotion of a translator. smt

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Esperanto and Esperantists – video

What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest book is Telenio, an Esperanto translation of Teleny, atributed to Oscar Wilde, but likely a collaboration with Wilde and some of his friends.

Mia lasta libro estas Telenio, traduko de Teleny atribuita al Oscar Wilde, sed verŝajne verkita de Wilde kun iuj de siaj amikoj.

Quick description: Teleny is a gay erotic novel in the style of Victorian literature. It has made its mark for likely being the first gay novel in the English language. The book presented a number of translation challenges, not the least of which was to find an unexpurgated version in English. It was written for well-educated people in the 19th century and is filled with quotes from literature, mythology, and the Bible without any indication of source. This required extensive research and resulted in over two hundred footnotes. For readers who understand both English and Esperanto, I make bold to suggest that my Esperanto translation, being thus annotated, makes the work more accessible.

Telenio estas geja erotika romano en la stilo de la viktoriana epoko. La romano estas elstara pro tio ke ĝi verŝajne estis la unua geja romano en la angla lingvo. La libro prezentis nemalmultajn defiojn por la tradukinto, el kiuj la unua estis la problemo trovi necenzuritan version en la angla. La romano estis verkita por bone edukitaj homoj de la 19a jarcento kaj tial abundas je citaĵoj el beletraĵoj, mitologio kaj la Biblio sen fontindikoj. Tio postulis vastan esploradon, kiu resultis en pli ol ducent piednotoj. Por legantoj kiuj komprenas kaj la anglan kaj Esperanton, mi aŭdacas sugesti ke mia esperanta traduko, tiel prinotita, igas la verkon pli komprenebla.


Brief biography:
Born in Germany, I came to Canada as a child in the 1950’s. I was young enough to learn English to native-speaker proficiency, but old enough to remember when English was a foreign language. This linguistic awareness created an interest in languages in general. I studied French and German at Laurentian University, School of Translators and Interpreters, and after retirement I studied Spanish at Ryerson University. Esperanto is the only language that I managed to teach myself. Teleny is my third Esperanto translation, the first two being novels by Hermann Hesse, Demian, and Siddhartta, translated from the German. For those interested in learning Esperanto I’m also a tutor for the 10 lesson Free Esperanto Course.

Mi naskiĝis en Germanujo kaj venis al Kanado, kiel infano, en la 1950aj jaroj. Mi estis sufiĉe juna por lerni la anglan kiel denaskulo, sed sufiĉe aĝa por memori kiam la angla estis fremda lingvo. Tiu lingva konsciiĝo vekis intereson pri lingvoj ĝenerale. Mi studis la francan kaj germanan en la tradukista ernejo de Laurentian University, kaj post emeriteco mi studis la hispanan ĉe Ryerson University. Esperanto estas la ununura lingvo kiun mi sukcesis lerni aŭtodidakte. Telenio estis mia tria esperanta traduko. Antaŭe aperis du romanoj de Hermann Hesse, Demian kaj Sidarto, ambaŭ tradukitaj el la germana. Por anglalingvanoj kiuj volas lerni Esperanton, mi estas instruisto de la 10 leciona Free Esperanto Course.

Links to buy Detlef’s book:
My publisher is Mondial.
Mia eldonisto estas Mondial.

Also available at Amazon
Ankaŭ havebla ĉe Amazon
Demian and Sidarto – eBook and paperback

What are you working on now?
My next translation will be a novella by Stefan Zweig
Mia venonta traduko estos novelo de Stefan Zweig.