Category Archive: contemporary fiction

SOME THOUGHTS ON ‘PROTEST’

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This essay is part of our Threat Levels series. In 2006, the UK passed from a seemingly more casual and non-specific BIKINI state to a more serious state of threat, varying from substantial to critical. The reference to… Continue reading

LIVES SUSPENDED: An Essay on ‘Refugee Tales’ and ‘Refugee Tales II’, edited by David Herd and Anna Pincus

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This essay is part of our Threat Levels series. In 2006, the UK passed from a seemingly more casual and non-specific BIKINI state to a more serious state of threat, varying from substantial to critical. The… Continue reading

EIBF 2017: A SYMPATHISING EYE ON TRANSLATION – the Man Booker International Award

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 12th–28th August 2017 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The events covered took place on the… Continue reading

EIBF 2017: An Interview with Ever Dundas

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 12th–28th August 2017 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The event with Ever Dundas and… Continue reading

“WE”: BRIT BENNETT’S ‘THE MOTHERS’

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Brit Bennett The Mothers (Riverhead, 2016) By Rachel Sykes For Brit Bennett’s debut, the novel’s title serves more as a question. Set in a small southern Californian black community, The Mothers is populated with many… Continue reading

STORIES FROM THE MIND’S EYE: Camilla Grudova’s ‘The Doll’s Alphabet’

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Camilla Grudova, The Doll’s Alphabet (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Naomi Richards The Doll’s Alphabet is a startling debut collection of short stories by Canadian writer Camilla Grudova. The stories are beautiful, disturbing and… Continue reading

BEHIND THE IRONIC CURTAIN: ‘Mikhail and Margarita’ by Julia Lekstrom Himes

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Julia Lekstrom Himes, Mikhail and Margarita (Europa Editions, 2017) By Henry King “The unacknowledged legislators of the world”, remarked W.H. Auden, in a rebuke to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s romanticism, “describes the secret police, not… Continue reading

SINISTER STREET: Carolina Sanín’s ‘The Children’, translated by Nick Caistor

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Carolina Sanín, The Children, trans. Nick Caistor (MacLehose Press, 2017) By Jessica Sequeira Door 1 swings open to reveal an enchanted garden today, a drawing room tomorrow. Door 2 is a painting on the… Continue reading

AN OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WINDOW ONTO A CITY: Jason Donald’s ‘Dalila’

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Jason Donald, Dalila (Jonathan Cape, 2017) An interview with Jason Donald By Lynnda Wardle Jason Donald’s second novel, Dalila, tells the story of a young Kenyan asylum seeker who flees her rapist uncle… Continue reading

PIECES OF A PUZZLE: ‘Tangram’ by Juan Carlos Márquez, trans. by James Womack

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Juan Carlos Márquez, Tangram, translated by James Womack (Nevsky Books, 2017) By Ellen Jones Juan Carlos Márquez’s latest book is organised according to the eponymous tangram, a puzzle made up of seven flat shapes… Continue reading