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Fiction
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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

Sharif Gemie reviews Beirut 2020 The Collapse of a Civilization, Charif Majdalani

Remember the Great Fear of March 2020? Remember the empty supermarket shelves, stripped bare of pasta, loo-rolls and flour? Many Brits feared that this was the End of Civilization as We Know It, like in […]

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Interview

Interview Douglas Suttle, Fum d’Estampa Press

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Fiction

Review The Settlement, Ruth Kirby-Smith

BookBlast Review of The Settlement by Ruth Kirby-Smith, set in Ireland in 1921 when trouble flares up after partition under British law by the Government of Ireland Act which created Northern Ireland.. “He stood at […]

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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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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 […]

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Fiction

Rachel Goldblatt reviews The Great Homecoming, Anna Kim

BookBlast review of The Great Homecoming ahead of Jamie Lee Searle discussing Anna Kim and all things translation with publisher Anne Meadows at Granta Books for The BookBlast® Podcast Bridging the Divide series. Anna Kim’s […]

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Fiction

Extract Only the Dead: A Levantine Tragedy, T. J. Gorton

T. J. Gorton’s debut novel Only the Dead: A Levantine Tragedy was shortlisted for the Author’s Club First Novel Award in 2020. The narrative moves back and forth between civil war in Beirut and the […]

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Fiction

Review The Eighth Life (for Brilka), Nino Haratischvili

BookBlast reviews the engrossing family saga, The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili, Georgian-born novelist, playwright and theatre director who lives and works in Hamburg. “I owe these lines to a century that cheated […]