Insomnia

Lee Tisdale admires a novella, published complete with its own censorship history, satirising Soviet rule in Latvia

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš. This man allows a fleeing w …

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Gwen Davies reviews Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990 by Lisa Sheppard

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 23/06/20

CATEGORY: Audio review

Gwen Davies stakes a claim for fiction in the creation of empathy, that missing life-skill in those at risk of mental health breakdown and lawbreaking …

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Where The Wild Ladies Are

Georgia Fearn considers this interlinked collection of traditional Japanese ghost stories, with a feminist take, to be a downright genius reinvention containing fiction that will connect with every woman in the modern world

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

When I first began to read Where The Wild Ladies Are, a downright genius reinvention of traditional Japanese ghost stories by Matsuda Aoko, I was not …

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Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha Review

Niall Griffiths

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Niall Griffiths explores the dark themes of Youssef Rakha’s Cairo. It began appallingly – with the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia – bu …

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Pairing Wales and South America

Richard Gwyn

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Richard Gwyn on the central, serious, importance of make-believe to Latin American life and literature, and the gestation of his festival, Fiction Fie …

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When Young Dodos Meet Young Dragons, edited by Barlen Pyamootoo, Alan Perry & Sachita Samboo

Alicia Byrne Keane

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Mauritian slums; trustafarian students at Welsh universities and a Vancouver ski lift: Alicia Byrne Keane enjoys a poetry and prose anthology that cel …

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Writing the Mother Tongue

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Earlier this year Eluned Gramich visited Jaipur Literature Festival and Hyderabad Literature Festival, discovering that the old rules about translatio …

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Come into the Pomegranate Garden

Caroline Stockford

PUBLISHED ON: 19/12/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

I first met Haydar Ergülen on the Turkish island of Cunda where we had gathered as twenty-plus translators to work on a novella and on Haydar’s poems. …

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The Night Circus and Other Stories

Alex Diggins enjoys a translated story collection in which the female uncanny is brought into the home

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

A suicide contemplates her body from above, flicking through its history of abuses as if on a film reel. A bored housewife, cauterised by domesticity …

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Channelling Marilynne: Translation as Possession, Envy And Belonging

Gwen Davies interviews herself about her new translation of Caryl Lewis' novel, recently published as The Jeweller.

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Editorial

‘I get it!’ an author announced. ‘You may not be on my side, but you definitely want the best for my work.’ She’d just been at the brutal end of my re …

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