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Wilder Winds Bel Olid Review

The daughter of immigrants, Bel Olid is a prizewinning writer, translator and teacher of literature and creative writing. The President of the European Council of Associations of Literary Translators, and President of the Association of […]

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Men Don’t Cry Faïza Guène Review

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. […]

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A Long Way From Douala Max Lobe Review

A Long Way From Douala by Max Lobe is an entertaining, edgy read about serious subjects, including violence, terrorism, homosexuality and migration. Only yesterday, yet another story about small boats carrying migrants crossing the English […]

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The Last Days of Ellis Island Gaëlle Josse & Ellis Island Malgorzata Szejnert Review

BookBlast reviews two books that each give a different take on getting through the gateway to the Promised Land that was the United States a century ago: The Last Days of Ellis Island by Gaëlle […]

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On Terrorism Tahar Ben Jelloun Review

BookBlast review of On Terrorism: Conversations with My Daughter to accompany Georgia de Chamberet’s interview Tahar Ben Jelloun in French & in English, voice-over by Issa Naseri, for the BookBlast Podcast series, Bridging the Divide.  […]

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Mazel Tov J.S. Margot, Henrietta Foster Review

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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Lucy Popescu at European Literature Days Spotlight

Lucy Popescu heads to European Literature Days in Austria, and writes a special report for Book Blast. European Literature Days, one of my favourite literary festivals, was held this year in Krems, lower Austria, and […]

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This Tilting World, Colette Fellous Review

BookBlast reviews This Tilting World by Colette Fellous translated from French by Sophie Lewis “Tomorrow, yes, I will leave this house. I’ll abandon the village and the life here, all the faces that I love […]

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Dina Nayeri Author Interview

Book Blast interview with author, Dina Nayeri Dina Nayeri, where were you born, and where did you grow up? I was born in Tehran, lived in Isfahan until I was eight, then spent sixteen months […]