Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Travels and bookstores...
I've been a booklover my entire life, and it shows. Even when I am travelling the world, having tonnes of cool adventures, catching up with terrific old friends, and seeing new places, I still find myself drawn to local bookstores. In the last couple of weeks of 2012, I was travelling in Europe, including Christmas in Lapland, and my first-ever visit to Russia. After a day of wandering beautiful and wintery St Petersburg with two good friends - a Kiwi and a Russian - I ended up browsing through the famous Dom Knigi bookstore on St Petersburg's main drag (Nevsky Prospekt).
And what did I find in the Russian-language crime fiction section, but this little gem from a Mr Paul Cleave - the Russian translation of his debut novel, THE CLEANER (see photo above).
Nice to see Kiwi crime fiction being enjoyed all over the world! And my friend Anastasia (pictured) is pretty stoked to get to read about my country (particularly Christchurch) and its fictional criminal elements in her native language!
Do you enjoy browsing bookstores, even when on holiday? What are some of your best finds overseas, in terms of bookstores and books?