Category Archive: fiction

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: TRAVELOGUE WITH A TRAVELOGUE OF TRAVELOGUES* – Outriders

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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 ‘Outriders: Mariana Enriquez & Kevin… Continue reading

GERMAN HISTORY IN FICTION 2: A Conversation with Douglas Irving

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Translator and literary scholar Anne Stokes met Douglas Irving to talk about his translation of Anna Seghers’ short novel Crossing: A Love Story (Überfahrt), which appeared in East Germany in 1971 and was… 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

NIGHT OOT (AN EVENING TO REMEMBER) – A SHORT STORY BY ALASDAIR MACQUARRIE

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The crisp night air was a reviving tonic as he stumbled a few more steps out the street away from the woozy warm fug of the bar. Autumn leaves swirled around his feet.… Continue reading

“BLESSED IS HE WHO LEAVES”: Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Flights’, translated by Jennifer Croft

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Olga Tokarczuk, Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) by Marta Dziurosz I first saw Fitzcarraldo’s English edition of Flights (and its strikingly blue, minimalistic cover) a good while before its official publication date,… 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

The Strange Case of Thomas Mair

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By Henry King Malmö, where I currently live in the south of Sweden, is on almost the same latitude as Glasgow, and has the same kind of long, wet winters I’m used to… Continue reading