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Crossing by Pajtim Statovci review – an Albanian odyssey

A young man and his cross-dressing friend flee Albania, in a devastating story shot through with subversive humourPajtim Statovci was born in Kosovo in 1990; his family emigrated to Finland just as the genocidal assault on Bosnia began, and later Kosovo. A Finnish-language writer of Kosovan-Albanian heritage, Statovci works at a fertile imaginative confluence that allows him the multiple perspective of the outsider-insider.His creepy 2017 debut My Cat Yugoslavia featured a pet python and a talki...
Tags: Fiction in translation, Fiction, Books, Culture, Albania, Europe


Man Booker International prize: Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies

First female Omani novelist to be translated into English shares £50,000 prize with translator Marilyn Booth – the first time an Arabic book has wonJokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, has won the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.Alharthi, the £50,000 award’s first winner to write in Arabic, shares the prize equally with her translator, American academic Marilyn Booth. Celestial Bodies is set in the Omani village of al-Awafi ...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Scotland, Fiction, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Awards and prizes, Oman, Fiction in translation, Edinburgh, Canada Continue, Asma, Khawla, Mayya


Top 10 books about Sudan

Despite 30 years of repression that have hit writers unusually hard, Sudanese literature remains vigorous. Here is some of the best available in EnglishI was lucky to grow up in Khartoum in a house filled with books, at a time when Sudan’s public libraries flourished. One of the most startling discoveries I made as a child of about 13 was finding a couple of Tayeb Salih’s books on a shelf at home. Until that moment, I thought literature was something that took place elsewhere – in Dickens’s Engl...
Tags: Books, England, Fiction, Poetry, Africa, Culture, Sudan, South Sudan, Fiction in translation, Colonialism, Short Stories, Latin America, Dickens, Khartoum, Borges, Tayeb Salih


Books + Beach Towels for Summer 2019

Dynamic duos for the ideal summer day off Winter provides the pleasure of reading a book while enveloped in a cozy blanket, but the warmer months grant us time to read under the sun. Whether at the beach or pool, in a backyard, on a rooftop or simply a slice of ground at a park, a book and towel is all that’s needed—and we here …
Tags: Books, Music, Design, Fiction, Summer, History, Reading, Culture, Short Stories, Non-fiction, Reading Lists, Summer Reading, New Releases, Personal Essays


The Question Authority

It’s 2009. Nora Buchbinder, whose grandfather was a famous poet at a time when that equalled financial success as well, always assumed she’d be rich but instead finds herself broke after the death of her mother. She lives in the huge apartment where she grew up, now filled with a motley assortment of IKEA furniture […]
Tags: Books, Fiction, Ikea, Elizabeth, Question Authority, Nora Buchbinder


Did Ernest Hemingway copy his friend’s ideas for Cuban classics?

Some of the novelist’s best-loved work bears ‘striking resemblance’ to that of an unknown journalistOne was a Cuban newspaper reporter working to support his family andwriting fiction in his spare time. The other was one of the world’s most famous novelists on the planet, a larger-than-life Americanwho came to Havana in search of inspiration.New research shows that Enrique Serpa, a little-known Cuban author, wrote in a way that sparked the creative genius of Ernest Hemingway, who wrote some of h...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Americas, UK News, World news, Cuba, Ernest Hemingway


Nora Roberts files ‘multi-plagiarism’ lawsuit alleging writer copied more than 40 authors

After weeks of anger, bestselling novelist is suing Brazilian author Cristiane Serruya for ‘rare and scandalous’ level of plagiarismAfter weeks of scandal and speculation, the bestselling author Nora Roberts has formally filed a lawsuit against Brazilian romance writer Cristiane Serruya, who stands accused of committing “multi-plagiarism” on a “rare and scandalous” level.Roberts, who has written more than 200 novels and sold more than 500m books around the world, filed her lawsuit to a court in ...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Law, Fiction, Americas, US news, Culture, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Associated Press, Intellectual Property, Roberts, Nora Roberts, Romance Books, Serruya, Cristiane Serruya


Lebanese author Hoda Barakat wins International prize for Arabic fiction

The Night Mail takes $50,000 prize and secures funding for an English translationLebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the $50,000 (£39,000) International prize for Arabic fiction (Ipaf) for her novel The Night Mail, which tells the stories of people in exile through their letters.Billed as the “Arabic Booker”, the Ipaf also provides funding to translate the book into English. The Night Mail has already been acquired by UK publisher Oneworld, which will publish the English version in 2020. Contin...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Awards and prizes, United Arab Emirates, Fiction in translation, OneWorld, IPAF, International prize for Arabic fiction, Hoda Barakat


The Map of Salt and Stars

Nour is a Syrian-American girl, born in New York as the youngest of 3 daughters in a Syrian family. When her beloved father dies of cancer, her grief-stricken mother decides to move her family back to Syria, a place where language and culture  are familiar to all except 12 year old Nour. 18-year-old Huda, the […]
Tags: Books, New York, Fiction, Syria, Elizabeth, Huda, Nour


Robinson Crusoe at 300: why it’s time to let go of this colonial fairytale

Defoe’s book has inspired novels, Hollywood movies and games – but the shipwrecked slave-trader should never have become a role modelIn February 1719, two months before the publication of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe proposed in the Weekly Journal that the South Sea Company – founded just eight years earlier to manage the national debt and awarded a contract to supply the Spanish colonies in Latin America with several thousand African slaves per year – should oversee the founding of a British c...
Tags: Books, Gender, Hollywood, Kingdom, Fiction, Race, Culture, Colonialism, Venezuela, Latin America, Virginia Woolf, Lisbon, Company, Robinson Crusoe, Defoe, Daniel Defoe


Unknown Daphne du Maurier poems discovered behind photo frame

Poems believed to have been written by the Rebecca author in her 20s were found by auctioneers before a sale of intimate lettersA handful of youthful poems by Daphne du Maurier have been found in an archive of letters, with two previously unknown discovered hidden behind a photograph frame.The two unknown poems were found tucked underneath a photo of a young Du Maurier in a swimming costume standing on rocks, which was part of an archive of more than 40 years of correspondence between the author...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Life and style, UK News, Rebecca, Culture, Daphne du Maurier, Collecting, Du Maurier, Maureen Baker Munton, Baker Munton, Kristen Continue


You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr review – a polished debut

The Maggie and Me author’s accomplished first novel connects twin tales of tragedy and violence in South AfricaIn Damian Barr’s polished and harrowing debut novel, two inextricably tangled South African tragedies unfold a century apart.At the height of the second Boer war, in 1901, Sarah van der Watt is sent with her only child, six-year-old Fred, to a British concentration camp. Her husband has already left to fight for the Orange Free State, and before she and Fred are herded into a boxcar, sh...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Maggie, Sarah, Dickens, Fred, Orange Free State, Damian Barr, Sarah van der Watt


Tash Aw: ‘It used to be that Asia was poor. "Asians are rich" is the new cliche'

Twice nominated for the Booker, the Malaysian author is shining a light on immigration stories rarely told in fiction – where ‘every non-white person dreams of coming to the west’“It is the most personal novel I’ve ever written,” says Tash Aw of his fourth novel We, the Survivors. “It is very close to my heart.” For this reason, it was also the most difficult to write. It is the story of Ah Hock, born in a poor fishing village in Malaysia, whose dreams of self-improvement are destroyed in an act...
Tags: Books, Fiction, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Awards and prizes, Booker prize, Whitbread book awards 2005


Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, the Poles have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create In 2019, older bigots and veteran xenophobes still recalled with pride the successful campaign Boston and the area of Lincolnshire around it waged in the 1960s against the rodent coypus, foreigners from somewhere foreign with tomato-red teeth, who had been introduced to Britain in the 1920s as a fur crop called nutria. Once these shy...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Boston, Fiction, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Short Stories, Essays, British identity and society, Article 50


Free short story vending machines delight commuters

‘Short story stations’ in Canary Wharf print one- three- and five-minute reads on demand“Every single day,” says Paresh Raichura, “I’m on the lookout for something new to read.” On his hour-long commute to Canary Wharf, where he works for the Financial Ombudsman, he picks up Time Out or a local paper or the freesheet Metro, but says: “I’ve stopped reading all the long novels I used to read.”Why? Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Canary Wharf, UK News, Cities, Culture, Commuting, Short Stories, Anthony Horowitz, Metro, Paresh Raichura


Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels

For decades, the world of romantic fiction has been divided by a heated debate about racism and diversity. Is there any hope of a happy ending? By Lois BeckettLast year, the Strand Bookstore in New York convened an all-star panel titled Let’s Woman-Splain Romance! The line to get in the door stretched down the block, and the room was thrumming with glee even before the panel started. This was not an audience that needed to be told that smart women read romance novels, or that the genre could be ...
Tags: Books, New York, Sex, Fiction, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Alyssa, Beverly Jenkins, Strand Bookstore, Alisha Rai, Romance Books, Lois BeckettLast


Nothing Is Forgotten

Nothing is Forgotten is one of those books with a plot that’s hard to describe without giving away major plot points. It takes place in the 1950s, in the shadow of World War II, when the Cold War was going strong yet the Holocaust was still fresh in everyone’s minds. The protagonist is Michael Daniels, […]
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nancy, Historical, Michael Daniels


Last Night

Titus “Crisp” Crespo, a biracial 19-year-old raised by his mother and Russian grandparents, is a high-achieving and responsible kid, but that doesn’t stop a New York city cop from judging him by his skin tone. The day before he is to be valedictorian for his class and mere months before he is set to go […]
Tags: Books, New York, Fiction, Elizabeth, Crespo, Mystery/Suspense


What's the next Game of Thrones? All the contenders for fantasy TV's crown

The saga of the Seven Kingdoms may be bowing out, but it has opened the floodgates. Here’s your guide to the next big heroesRand al’Thor was found as a baby on the slopes of Dragonmount and taken to Two Rivers, where he grew into a broad-shouldered shepherd boy. But Rand is possessed of immense power, a power as yet untapped, for he is also The Dragon Reborn, destined to be hunted by Darkhounds and Darkfriends as he bids to prove himself a mighty warrior leader. Among other things, Rand’s existe...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Hbo, Television, Media, Drama, Film, The Walking Dead, Fiction, Neil Gaiman, Bbc, Netflix, Culture, Mtv, Television & radio, Television industry


Behold, the '70s sci-fi book series that popularized the Illuminati conspiracy

The historical Illuminati was a failed 18th century Bavarian secret society. Current Illuminati conspiracies stem from a satirical '70s counterculture book.Authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's intent was to sow chaotic disinformation just for the satire.The Illuminati has become a stand-in myth for every conspiratorial crackpots' idea of some omnipresent cabal pulling the strings on world affairs. Depending on who you ask, sometimes they're responsible for some two-bit celebrity's ris...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Fiction, Alan Moore, History, Culture, Innovation, Literature, Bavaria, Illuminati, Kennedy, Wilson, Shea, Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Shea, Principia Discordia


The Moon Sister

Tiggy D’Aplièse has always been the mysterious sister, sensitive and spiritual. She gets a job caring for endangered Scottish wildcats on a breathtaking estate in the Scottish highlands, and feels a soul connection with the local laird, her boss and also her doctor. She also meets Chilly, an ancient Gypsy who lives in a small […]
Tags: Books, Fiction, Elizabeth, Women's Fiction, Tiggy D'Aplièse


Egyptian dissident writer Alaa al-Aswany sued by military prosecutors

Bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building says case against him violates Universal Declaration of Human RightsAlaa al-Aswany, the bestselling Egyptian author of The Yacoubian Building, has been sued by military prosecutors in Egypt for “insulting the president, the armed forces and judicial institutions”.According to his French publisher, Actes Sud, the accusations relate to the columns Aswany has published in Deutsche Welle Arabic, and to his latest novel The Republic, As If, which recounts ...
Tags: Books, Human Rights, Protest, Censorship, Fiction, World news, Culture, Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany, Deutsche Welle, Aswany, Actes Sud


The Hundred Wells of Salaga

At the end of the 19th century, the land that would become modern-day Ghana was in a state of flux. Germany and Britain were both vying for dominance while the powerful Ashanti tribe gobbled up land and gold, the slave trade was still actively practiced by certain tribes, and life was changing fast. Aminah is […]
Tags: Books, Germany, Fiction, Britain, Ashanti, Ghana, Historical, Elizabeth, Aminah, Salaga


The Last Romantics

In the year 2079, famous author Fiona Skinner takes the stage to discuss her life’s work as an author. She is questioned about one of her most famous poems by a young girl named Luna, named–she claims–after the woman in the poem. Was Luna a real person? As Fiona begins to reply, she tells the […]
Tags: Books, Fiction, Luna, Elizabeth, Fiona, Literary, Fiona Skinner


All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.I needed to escape into an engrossing read this weekend to both take my mind off unalterable life circumstances as well as reintroduce myself to reading, something I seem to have stopped doing very frequently. There's a host of reasons for that I will probably discuss at some future distant time, but I am glad to say this weekend I was able to complete a whole book! Even though it was mostly a book read for the p...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Book Review, Harry, Alice, Peter Swanson


Out from the margins: meet the New Daughters of Africa writers

More than 25 years after her groundbreaking Daughters of Africa anthology, Margaret Busby reflects on the next generation of black women writers around the worldTime was when the perception of published writers was that all the women were white and all the blacks were men (to borrow the title of a key 1980s black feminist book). At best, there was a handful of black female writers – Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou – who were acknowledged by the literary establishment. This was the clim...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nigeria, Poetry, Africa, Culture, Short Stories, Essays, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Swartz, Thackeray, Sambo, New Daughters of Africa, Margaret Busby


Atwood to launch The Handmaid’s Tale sequel with live broadcast

Exclusive: Author’s interview about The Testaments will be filmed at National Theatre in LondonMargaret Atwood is to mark the publication of her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale with a midnight launch in London on 9 September followed by a live interview at the National Theatre broadcast around the world.There will also be a six-date tour of the UK and Ireland. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Publishing, UK, London, Film, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Ireland, Margaret Atwood, National Theatre, Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, LondonMargaret Atwood


Looker

Looker by Laura Sims has been on all of the must-read lists so far this year. “A dazzling, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge” is the description from the publisher. But to call this novel a thriller is not really accurate. […]
Tags: Audiobooks, Books, Fiction, Nancy, Looker, Laura Sims


The Capital by Robert Menasse review – first-class satire on EU bureaucracy

Farcical power plays in Brussels and a pig on the loose … this German bestseller has sardonic fun with the European projectMedia organisations report alarming falls in circulation or ratings for editions dominated by Brexit. So there is a risk that fatigue with the subject of the European Union will reduce our appetite for Robert Menasse’s 2017 German-language bestseller – a satirical novel about the workings of the multinational Brussels bureaucracy – which is timed to appear in English just ah...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, Comedy, Fiction, Eu, European Union, Culture, Fiction in translation, Capital, Brussels, Menasse, Robert Menasse


'Shame seeded my silence': why I decided to stop talking

As a teenager, journalist and film-maker Harriet Shawcross stopped speaking for almost a year. In later years, her sexuality made her retreat againOne Sunday I came to sit with the dead. The room was almost untouched. Everything and nothing was the same. I was standing in my grandmother’s study. She had lived with us for 25 years, and died six months earlier. Her room had been cleaned and closed – the dark beetles of dried blood scrubbed from the fireplace where she fell and cracked her head. I ...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Culture, LGBT rights, Autobiography and memoir, Harriet Shawcross



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