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Fiction

Review Wilder Winds, Bel Olid

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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Fiction

Review Love in Five Acts, Daniela Krien

BookBlast reviews Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch (MacLehose Press). Love in Five Acts could either strike a strong chord of recognition, inspire relief at being in […]

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Fiction

Review Dreamtime, Venetia Welby

Venetia Welby’s futuristic second novel, Dreamtime, has an altogether different atmosphere and resonance to her first, Mother of Darkness, set in London’s Soho. Both novels, however, feature central characters in crisis seeking to put themselves […]

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Non Fiction

Review Chauvo-Feminism: On Sex, Power & #MeToo, Sam Mills

Chauvo-Feminism: On Sex, Power and #MeToo by author and publisher, Sam Mills. It is an erudite, pithy assessment of the chauvo-feminist man based on personal lived experience and testimonies from women and men. Journalist, writer […]

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Fiction

Lucy Popescu reviews The White Dress, Nathalie Léger

Review of The White Dress by Nathalie Léger ahead of Lucy Popescu’s interview with translator Natasha Lehrer for The BookBlast® Podcast Bridging the Divide series. The White Dress is the final part of a trilogy […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Victor Meadowcroft, 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 Andrés Neuman makes this curious statement: “It occurs to me that Ecuadorian literature […]

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Non Fiction

Review Negative Capability A Diary of Survival, Michèle Roberts

BookBlast reviews Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving which gives the reader something really special. Michèle Roberts’ intimate, candid writing is underpinned by a dry humour, wry observations, and a poignant strain of melancholy perfect […]

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Reading Lists

Review Lucy Popescu rounds up 3 novels by Slovak authors

Lucy Popescu gives BookBlast an exclusive flavour of what’s on offer in her three-novel roundup by Slovak authors by Slovak authors featured as part of the Raising the Velvet Curtain festival of literature. Balla, Uršuľa […]

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Interview

Interview Ivana Dobrakovová, author

Ivana Dobrakovová, where were you born, and where did you grow up? I was born in Czechoslovakia, in Bratislava, and I grew up there as well, in a very nice residential district above the castle. […]

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Fiction

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 […]