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Six Spanish Women Writers dedalus books bookblast diary review
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Sharif Gemie reviews Be As Children, Vladimir Sharov

BookBlast review of Be Like Children by Vladimir Sharov, a finalist for the Russian Booker and Big Book awards. “My own experience has taught me that being at the centre of events makes you the […]

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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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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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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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Andrew McDougall reviews Forty Lost Years, Rosa Maria Arquimbau

Andrew McDougall reviews Forty Lost Years by Rosa Maria Arquimbau for BookBlast. In translating the novel Forty Lost Years into English, Fum d’Estampa Press and Peter Bush have gifted Anglophone readers a forgotten gem of […]

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Andrew McDougall reviews The Others, Raül Garrigasait

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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Andrew McDougall reviews Kokoschka’s Doll, Afonso Cruz

Andrew McDougall reviews Kokoschka’s Doll by Afonso Cruz, translated by Rahul Bery: a surreal, poignant and sometimes dizzying reflection on the nature of the universe, life’s coincidences and, of course, the human condition. “I’m writing […]