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Non Fiction

2BooksReview The Last Days of Ellis Island, Gaëlle Josse & Ellis Island Malgorzata Szejnert

BookBlast reviews two books which offer an excellent complementary read, giving a different take on getting through the gateway to the Promised Land that was the United States a century ago: The Last Days of […]

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Fiction

Review Vernon Subutex 3, Virginie Despentes

First novel Baise-moi (Fuck Me) by Virginie Despentes was an overnight sensation in France, selling 50,000 copies for éditions Florent Massot in 1994 before being picked up by éditions Grasset and J’ai Lu. Today sales […]

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Podcast

Podcast Bridging the Divide Translation and the Art of Empathy, season 2

Tune in and come on a literary adventure: hear the final eight episodes of the BookBlast Podcast series, Bridging the Divide: Translation and the Art of Empathy. Podcast interview Lars Mytting and his translator Deborah […]

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Fiction

Andrew McDougall reviews Theatre of War, Andrea Jeftanovic

Andrea Jeftanovic’s Theatre of War takes place over three acts and many scenes, and is acted out on various stages. True to its title, this is theatre in the shape of a novel, with the […]

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Fiction

Review Bestseller, Beka Adamashvili

Georgia de Chamberet reviews Bestseller out with Dedalus Books, ahead of interviewing Beka Adamashvili & translator Tamara Japaridze for the BookBlast Podcast Bridging the Divide series. An entertaining mocking of literary aspirations, Beka Adamashvili’s novel, […]

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Fiction

Review The Fig Tree, Goran Vojnović

Lucy Popescu reviews The Fig Tree ahead of Goran Vojnović and his translator Olivia Hellewell discussing the effects of war on successive generations of a family marked by the disintegration of Yugoslavia, for The BookBlast® […]

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Fiction

Lucy Popescu reviews The White Dress, Nathalie Léger

Review of The White Dress by Nathalie Léger ahead of Lucy Popescu’s interview with translator Natasha Lehrer for The BookBlast® Podcast Bridging the Divide series. The White Dress is the final part of a trilogy […]

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Fiction

Victor Meadowcroft reviews A Musical Offering, Luis Sagasti

A Musical Offering is Argentinian author Luis Sagasti’s second novel to appear in English. His first, Fireflies (also published by Charco Press and reviewed for The BookBlast Diary) saw translator Fionn Petch nominated for a […]

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Fiction

Lucy Popescu reviews The Blessed Rita, Tommy Wieringa

BookBlast review of The Blessed Rita (longlisted for the International Booker Prize) ahead of Lucy Popescu interviewing the author Tommy Wieringa & his translator Sam Garrett. The Blessed Rita is a compelling portrait of the […]

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Non Fiction

Review On Terrorism Conversations with My Daughter, Tahar Ben Jelloun

BookBlast review of On Terrorism: Conversations with My Daughter ahead of Georgia de Chamberet interviewing Tahar Ben Jelloun in French & in English, voice-over by Issa Naseri. The Moroccan poet, novelist, essayist, and journalist, Tahar […]