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NWR Issue 101

NWR Spring 2014 Reviews Selection

The Reviews section for NWR 103, spring edition (pub 1 March), has just been settled.

Here’s a nice strong presence of nonfiction, led by WG Waldeck’s long out-of-print 40s account of pre-Holocaust Bucharest, a mix of ‘social intimacy & disinterested political analysis’ (begging to be made into a film I’d say, just like Patrick McGuinness’ account of late 80s Bucharest in The Last Hundred Days). Richard Hughes’ son Owain’s Snowdonia memoir is of a 50s childhood (as idyllic as the blurb claims, I wonder?)

Meanwhile, Wales’ leading art critic, Peter Lord, offers a unique & moving perspective on art, his own life (dominated by a cold father disappointed by the loss of Empire) and his warm adoption of Wales, represented by the pioneering discovery and collection of images by our own artisan painters. Here is brand-new poetry by Iain Sinclair, and a couple of strong debut poetry titles made in Wales. David Towsey’s debut zombie Western novel (also made in Wales) presents The Walkin’ trilogy from Quercus imprint Jo Fletcher. Some long-awaited heavyweight poetry criticism with Alice Entwistle, setting in context poets such as Christine Evans, Gillian Clarke, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch & Tiffany Atkinson.

And finally, the world’s first critical volume on this author, NWR presents Feridun Zaimoglu, the writer who brought to German readers the world of disaffected young Turkish-German immigrants in ‘incendiary’ interviews recast in hip-hop cadence.

The Claims Office by Dai George POETRY out 15 October Reviewed by Rob Mackenzie

The Shape of a Forest by Jemma L King POETRY out now Reviewed by Paul Cooper

Poetry, Geography, Gender: Women Rewriting Contemporary Wales by Alice Entwistle CRITICISM out now Reviewed by Steven Lovatt

The Tip of My Tongue by Trezza Azzopardi NOVELLA out 15 October, last of two concluding the New Stories from the Mabinogion series Reviewed by Cathryn A Charnell-White

Feridun Zaimoglu ed Tom Cheeseman & Karin E Yesilada CRITICISM, TRANSLATION out now Reviewed by Linda Shortt

Relationships with Pictures by Peter Lord CRITICISM/MEMOIR/ART out now Reviewed by Anna Kiernan

Mistaken for Art or Rubbish by Alexander Velky POETRY out now Reviewed by João Morais

Your Brother’s Blood by David Towsey NOVEL out now Reviewed by Gee Williams

Everything I Have Always Forgotten by Owain Hughes MEMOIR out now Reviewed by Tristan Hughes

The Colour of Dawn by Yanick Lahens, trans Alison Layland NOVEL FROM HAITI IN TRANSLATION out now Reviewed by Suzy Ceulan Hughes

Red Eye by Iain Sinclair POETRY out 25 October Reviewed by Paul Cooper

Athene Palace: Hitler’s ‘New Order’ Comes to Rumania by RG Waldeck NONFICTION out this month Reviewed by Steven Lovatt


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