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Waterstones chooses Aytmatov as Book of the Month
30.07.12 | Benedicte Page
Waterstones will feature Jamilia by Kyrgyzstan author Chingiz Aytmatov, originally published in Russia in 1957, as its Book of the Month for August.
The novel was brought out by Telegram Books in a new translation by James Riordan in 2007.
Waterstone's m.d. James Daunt said: "There were undoubtedly other, newer books we could have chosen, but I think sometimes it is the job of the bookseller to recommend the unexpected. If Waterstones can bring some new readers to this small masterpiece, we will have done our job well." He also said of Jamilia: "It is hard to imagine a more perfect example of the short novel."
Waterstones said the company wanted to use the peak summer reading month of August to "experiment" with its Book of the Month promotion, which more usually involves a big new hardback or paperback, such as Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies (4th Estate) or P D James' Death Comes to Pemberley (Faber).