Category Archive: Review

PRESENT MORTALITY: RYAN VAN WINKLE’S ‘THE GOOD DARK’

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Ryan Van Winkle, The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins, 2015) Review by Andrew Wells This collection’s opening poem, ‘The Duke in Pines’, begins with a structurally straightforward de-clarative: “I woke up with… 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

OCEAN DEEP: J. O. Morgan’s ‘In Casting Off’

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J. O. Morgan, In Casting Off (HappenStance, 2015) Review by Matt Macdonald From a critical standpoint, it would be all too easy to compare In Casting Off with Morgan’s earlier narrative collections, Natural Mechanical and… 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

A REFUGE FOR COMPLEXITY: Alessandro Baricco’s ‘The Young Bride’ (La sposa giovane), translated into English by Ann Goldstein

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Alessandro Baricco, The Young Bride, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions, 2016) By Liliya Aleksandrova Transparency would require full disclosure of the fact that Alessandro Baricco’s name is certain to appear towards the… Continue reading

MATERIALITY IN AND AFTER DEATH: ‘Bella mia’ by Donatella di Pietrantonio, trans. Franca Scurti Simpson

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Donatella di Pietrantonio, Bella mia, translated by Franca Scurti Simpson (Calisi Press, 2016) By Liliya Aleksandrova Some years ago, when I was back in the Northwest of Bulgaria for a few months in… Continue reading

A TROUBLING TRANSFORMATION: A. Igoni Barrett’s ‘Blackass’

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A. Igoni Barrett, Blackass (Graywolf Press, 2016) By Timothy Ogene The line of connection between A. Igoni Barrett’s Blackass and Kafka’s Metamorphosis is not hard to trace. It is established at the very beginning… Continue reading

STEPHANIE GREEN’S ‘FLOUT’ AND THE PROCESS OF PRESENCE

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Stephanie Green, Flout (HappenStance, 2015) By Helen Murray The further north I go, the more I must face myself. In Flout, Stephanie Green creates poems that celebrate and challenge forces of nature and the… Continue reading

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