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WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD | BOOK FEATURE

WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD | BOOK FEATURE

In setting this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award in Cardiff’s Tramshed, Literature Wales have picked the perfect venue to remind us of the great tradition and continued relevance of writing in Wales. There are plenty of awards up for grabs for the best of today’s modern Welsh writers in English and in Welsh. […]

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THE OTHER SIDE | BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SIDE | BOOK REVIEW

  Alfred Kubin (Dedalus) Although originally published in 1908, Kubin’s dystopian world is still awe striking today. Its strange logic, akin to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, shows the absurdism of bureaucratic nonsense. While the social quirkiness and word play, similar to Alice and Wonderland, creates a wonderfully dark and humorous atmosphere. Knowing the German […]

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MISSION POSSIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

MISSION POSSIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

Ash Dykes (Eye Books) If spirit, courage and sheer determination could be measured in money, then Ash Dykes would be a very wealthy man. As a teenager in North Wales, Dykes wanted something more from life than just living for the weekend. He studied documentaries of remote tribes on the other side of the world […]

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COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

Christina Hesselholdt, trans. Paul Russell Garrett (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Companions follows the lives of a group of friends and the challenges that mid-life presents them. The novel is narrated through a series of monologues from the various characters’ perspectives and has settings that span all across Europe from the Lake District to Belgrade. The multiple voices give […]

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THIS LITTLE ART | BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE ART | BOOK REVIEW

Kate Briggs (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Perhaps a bizarre trait in a monoglot such as my shameful self, this, but recently I’ve become increasingly interested in literary translations: their rules, aesthetics and politics, which covers a lot of ground on all those fronts. Briggs does a compelling job of demystifying this world, hidden to most and often […]

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THE SHIFTING POOLS | BOOK REVIEW

THE SHIFTING POOLS | BOOK REVIEW

Zoë Duncan (Lightning Books) Eve Lanner has an incredibly traumatic past: the loss of her family through war has dictated the way she has lived her life since. Maintaining barriers and using drink and casual sex to fill the aching gaps in her existence, she finds it hard to let anyone see her true self. […]

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MOVING KINGS | BOOK REVIEW

MOVING KINGS | BOOK REVIEW

Joshua Cohen (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Cultures collide in this ambitious novel, exploring the lives of men seeking a place within foreign lands. After completing a stint of military service for the Israeli Defence Forces, Yoav and Uri head to America, working for King’s Moving – a firm run by a relation of Yoav. Here they discover […]

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I AM THE BROTHER OF XX | BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE BROTHER OF XX | BOOK REVIEW

Fleur Jaeggy (And Other Stories) This book won’t be for everyone. As a series of short stories depicting madness, solitude, the artist’s process of creating and experiencing art and the abyss, many will find it pretentious and confusing. For others, Jaeggy’s writing embodies nostalgia for the modernist days gone by, with a style heavily influenced […]

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BAD IDEAS/CHEMICALS | BOOK REVIEW

BAD IDEAS/CHEMICALS | BOOK REVIEW

Lloyd Markham (Parthian Books) An absurdist novella that follows a group of oddball friends, in a town that doesn’t exist. Cassandra, the main focus of the story, is utterly convinced that she is from space and is waiting for her alien parents to find her. Cass is only ever seen wearing her spacesuit, which she […]

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WORLDS FROM THE WORD’S END | BOOK REVIEW

WORLDS FROM THE WORD’S END | BOOK REVIEW

  Joanna Walsh (And Other Stories) A unique collection of short stories, Joanna Walsh’s sharply observed prose provides an immersing and refreshing read. The impactive work of fiction combines different cultures, themes and relationships and includes a variety of subject matters. There is a story within the pages that will resonate – from the intriguing […]