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Review Venice Noir, Isabella Panfido

BookBlast reviews Venice Noir: The Dark History of the Lagoons by Venetian writer, cultural journalist and radio presenter, Isabella Panfido, translated by Christine Donougher. Winner of the Latisana per il Nord-Est Prize and the Gambrinus […]

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Review The Familia Grande, Camille Kouchner

The publication of La Familia Grande by Camille Kouchner reveals how incest is everpresent at the highest levels of French society, even among the most glamorous, powerful, bohemian, left wing intellectual Parisian élite, known as […]

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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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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 […]

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Lucy Popescu reviews Tazmamart, Aziz BineBine

Tazmamart: 18 Years in Morocco’s Secret Prison by Aziz BineBine — beautifully translated by Lulu Norman — is a harrowing tale of endurance which offers a precise depiction of the grim life of a political […]

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Review So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between, Nicolas Bouvier

BookBlast review of Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and Places in Betwee by Nicolas Bouvier ahead of the BookBlast Podcast about the late Swiss author and his traveller’s tales. From The Scorpion-Fish by Nicolas […]

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Henrietta Foster reviews Mazel Tov, J.S. Margot

Henrietta Foster reviews Mazel Tov by J S Margot ahead of the first two live podcast recordings of the 15-part weekly Bridging The Divide series. In Ep. 1, J S Margot discusses navigating clashing cultures […]

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Review Negative Capability A Diary of Survival, Michèle Roberts

BookBlast reviews Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving which gives the reader something really special. Michèle Roberts’ intimate, candid writing is underpinned by a dry humour, wry observations, and a poignant strain of melancholy perfect […]

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Review Along the Amber Route St Petersburg to Venice, C. J. Schüler

BookBlast reviews the travelogue and memoir Along the Amber Route, St Petersburg to Venice by C. J. Schüler. “I am standing in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In a glass case in front of me […]

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Review Memories of Low Tide, Chantal Thomas

BookBlast reviews Memories of Low Tide, a lyrical, sensual memoir by Chantal Thomas, translated by Natasha Lehrer. Summer in Nice on the Côte d’Azur. After a blistering two months without rain there’s a violent storm. […]