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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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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 […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds V

  Our eclectic November top ten reads rejoice in strong women and have a radical, cosmopolitan flavour. We continue our celebration of 15 years of the Childrens’ Bookshow, highlighting two more books featured in this […]

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Review Revolution! Writing from Russia 1917 (ed) Pete Ayrton

BookBlast reviews Revolution! Writing from Russia 1917, edited by Pete Ayrton “The city is destroyed, plundered. A very interesting city. Polish culture. An ancient, rich Jewish colony. These frightening bazaars, dwarfs in hooded coats, hoods […]

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Review Ricarda Huch, The Last Summer

The Last Summer by Ricarda Huch, superbly translated by Jamie Bulloch, is a welcome rediscovered classic thanks to Peirene Press. “We aged a hundred years, and this Happened in a single hour: The short summer […]

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