Category Archive: fiction

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Michael McGill

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Joan Didion Salvador (Washington Square Press) My Dad gave me a second-hand copy of this book a few years ago and it sat on my bookshelf getting dusty until earlier this year (the book… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Mark West

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David Means Hystopia (Faber and Faber) I keep telling people this was my favourite novel of the year. 2016 was, among other things, a year of Sixties novels. I’m constantly on the lookout for these… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Vicki Husband

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My book choices are inspired by an all-too-brief trip to Pakistan this year as part of a creative and cultural exchange organised by Highlight Arts. There is so much I don’t know about… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Tom White

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I’m a little behind on my main pick for read of year: as many GRB readers will be well aware, Maggie Nelson’s remarkable memoir and work of “auto theory” The Argonauts (Graywolf Press)… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Henry Bell

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2016 eh, what a shanner. As Gramsci says, the old world is dying etc… so, grief, death anxiety, and more grief are my reads of the year. Liz Lochhead Fugitive Colours (Birlinn, 2016) Liz… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Anne Kniggendorf

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This year I did a lot of binge-reading, mostly of Candice Millard, Anna Quindlen, Margot Livesey, and Neil Gaiman.  My favorite of Millard’s three books was Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Lyn Marven

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My best reads of 2016 are wishful thinking, an act of fictional construction of a life where I have copious free time to read for pleasure (accompanied by unlimited cups of hot tea,… Continue reading

ON THE AFTERLIFE OF CZECH SURREALISM: Vítězlav Nezval’s ‘The Absolute Gravedigger’ translated by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická

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Vítězlav Nezval The Absolute Gravedigger. Translated from the Czech by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2016) by Anna Förster In 1938, at a time that can be called both the… Continue reading

MENDING ZEBRA CROSSING – A SHORT STORY BY HELMI BEN MERIEM

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For A.R.   “Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. . . Praying is more rewarding than sleeping.” On these words I wake up every morning. I put on my pyjamas and went to the bathroom.… Continue reading

CRICKET AND CHAPATTIS – A SHORT STORY BY SRISHTI CHAUDHARY

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Preeti never minded the work. Like the other girls, she too had three brothers, a father who was ageing rapidly and people who were always over on ‘business’, or to watch a game… Continue reading