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Fiction

My Pen is the Wing of a Bird New Fiction by Afghan Women Review

Afghan women have been in the news again since the Taliban have banned Voice of America, the BBC and Deutsche Welle after women students and teachers protested peacefully in response to secondary schools for girls […]

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Fiction

Sarajevo Firewood Saïd Khatibi Review

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

The Familia Grande Camille Kouchner Review

The publication of The Familia Grande by Camille Kouchner reveals how incest is ever-present 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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Non Fiction

Memories of Low Tide Chantal Thomas Review

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

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Fiction

The Eighth Life (for Brilka) Nino Haratischvili Review

BookBlast reviews epic 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 and […]

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Sparring with Hemingway Robert Ruark 1954-55 BB Archive

An article about sparring with Hemingway and the stamina required to be a writer fell out of Gael Elton Mayo’s copy of Robert Ruark’s Something of Value while rearranging the overfilled bookshelves in the hallway […]

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4Translation

The Sponge Divers Yachar Kemal 4Translation

Yachar Kemal worked as a journalist for Cumhuriyet from 1951-63 before turning to fiction which he wrote under a pseudonym, (real name Kemal Sadık Gökçeli). As Turkey’s most prominent novelist, his books have been published […]

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Ways With Words Book Festival News Archive

Ways With Words Book Festival in Devon has been held annually for about two decades. It is extremely well run by friendly staff and the surroundings are idyllic. I stayed in a comfortable double room […]

On the Road with Illegal Immigrants, Fabrizio Gatti bookblast review
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Fabrizio Gatti On the Road with Illegal Immigrants 4Translation

Although not a recent release, Bilal: On the Road with Illegal Immigrants remains as timely today as when it was first published. In 2011 I was commissioned to report on a Bilal: Sur la route […]