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Fiction

Review Stranger to the Moon, Evelio Rosero

Evelio Rosero’s chilling dystopian parable, Stranger to the Moon, is like the detailed, imaginative nightmare of a fantastic surrealist painting by Max Ernst, populated by the bizarre and often monstrous figures of a creation by […]

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Interview

Interview Justin David & Nathan Evans, Inkandescent

BookBlast catches up with Justin David, the publisher at www.inkandescent.co.uk and author of The Pharmacist and Kissing the Lizard ; and Nathan Evans, the editor at www.inkandescent.co.uk and author of Threads, CNUT and One Last Song.  […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 5 Reads from independent publisher Inkandescent

East London-based independent publisher Inkandescent “was ‘founded by outsiders for outsiders’ to celebrate original and diverse talent and to publish voices and stories the mainstream neglects – specifically those of the working class and financially […]

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Fiction

Review Sarajevo Firewood, Saïd Khatibi

Saïd Khatibi’s polyphonic novel, Sarajevo Firewood, pays homage to the victims of civil war in Algeria and Bosnia in the 1990s, and gives the survivors a voice. Scarred by erratic memories and traumatic recall – […]

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Non Fiction

Review The Intimate Resistance, Josep Maria Esquirol

A profound reflection on the human condition, Intimate Resistance is a welcome alternative to those glib bestselling books by counsellors and guides who synthesize complicated intellectual, scientific and spiritual ideas for instant, easy consumption. Living […]

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Fiction

Sharif Gemie reviews Turf Wars (2) Olivier Norek

Sharif Gemie reviews for BookBlast, Turf Wars, the second of Olivier Norek’s true-grit Captain Coste trilogy set in the banlieues of Paris. Spiralling Upwards Norek has an unusual C.V. Born in Toulouse in 1975, he […]

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Fiction

Review Love in Five Acts, Daniela Krien

BookBlast reviews Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch (MacLehose Press). Love in Five Acts could either strike a strong chord of recognition, inspire relief at being in […]

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Non Fiction

Sharif Gemie reviews The Dawn of Language: Axes, lies, midwifery and how we came to talk, Sverker Johansson

Sharif Gemie reviews Sverker Johansson’s The Dawn of Language which weighs in at over 400 pages; adroitly translated by Frank Perry. The Great Simplifiers Each month produces a new crop of hefty volumes; and each […]

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Fiction

Review Dreamtime, Venetia Welby

Venetia Welby’s futuristic second novel, Dreamtime, has an altogether different atmosphere and resonance to her first, Mother of Darkness, set in London’s Soho. Both novels, however, feature central characters in crisis seeking to put themselves […]

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Fiction

Review Men Don’t Cry, Faïza Guène

Faïza Guène’s Men Don’t Cry (Un homme, ça ne pleure pas) is imbued with her hallmark humour and heightened sensitivity, deftly rendered into English by Sarah Ardizzone. Mourad’s family is struggling with exile and integration. […]