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Stranger to the Moon Evelio Rosero, Victor Meadowcroft Review

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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The Others Raül Garrigasait, Andrew McDougall Review

Raül Garrigasait’s irreverent yet poignant novel, The Others, is excellently translated from the Catalan by Tiago Miller. Its central character is a young Prussian man who crosses Europe to fight for the Carlists in Spain. […]

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Kokoschka’s Doll Afonso Cruz, Andrew McDougall Review

Andrew McDougall reviews for BookBlast Kokoschka’s Doll by Afonso Cruz, translated by Rahul Bery. A surreal, poignant and , vertiginous reflection on the nature of the universe, life’s coincidences and the human condition. “I’m writing […]

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Theatre of War Andrea Jeftanovic, Andrew McDougall Review

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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A Musical Offering Luis Sagasti, Victor Meadowcroft Review

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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The Triumph of Ecuadorian Fiction, Victor Meadowcroft Spotlight

Victor Meadowcroft’s exclusive feature for BookBlast, A Literary Eruption: The Triumph of Ecuadorian Fiction. In his collection of dispatches from “the new Latin America” entitled How to Travel Without Seeing (trs. Jeffrey Lawrence), celebrated Spanish-Argentine author […]

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Translator Interviews

Aneesa Abbas Higgins Translator Interview

BookBlast interview with translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins Aneesa Abbas Higgins, tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up here in London – my father is Indian and my mother English, and at the […]

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Jamie Bulloch, Nashwa Gowanloch 10×10 Tour BookBlast Waterstones Brighton

At Waterstones Brighton, the fifth talk of the 10×10 BookBlast Waterstones Tour, a nationwide celebration of independent publishing, Peirene Press which focuses on European & World Literature, much of it in translation, will be featured. […]

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Nashwa Gowanlock Translator Interview

Book Blast interview with translator Nashwa Gowanlock Nashwa Gowanlock, tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a British Egyptian born in Kuwait and raised between there and the UK, where I am now based. […]

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Leo Kanaris Blood & Gold Review

Blood & Gold, and an earlier thriller by Leo Kanaris, Codename Xenophon, are perfect examples of how well-crafted detective fiction from another culture opens windows on to a brave new world, and shows that there […]