REVIEW: Speculative Fiction in Translation reviews OUR DEAD WORLD

The eight short-yet-powerful stories that make up this collection reveal an intriguing new voice in translated fiction, in general, and speculative fiction, in particular. Each piece is unnerving in its own unique way, whether it deals with a lonely colony on Mars, a a psychopathic cannibal in Paris, or a girl pushed into a nervous breakdown by her fanatical mother. And while some of these stories skirt the boundaries of “speculative fiction,” they all hold up a warped mirror to reality, inviting us to question how we perceive that very reality every day.

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The Independent interviews author, Alannah Hopkin

‘I always wanted to write stories – but back when I started, no one would get a story collection published if they hadn’t published a novel.” So says Alannah Hopkin, novelist, travel writer and critic.

And so she went “the sensible way,” as she calls it, and published two novels, A Joke Goes A Long Way In The Country, in 1982, and The Out-Haul in 1985, with her first collection of stories, The Dogs of Inishere, only appearing now, 30 years later.

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REVIEW: The Complete Review on HOW TO TIE YOUR SHOES

“Presented in short chapters — scenes, reflection, episodes — How to Tie Your Shoes forms a solid portrait of father, son, and their relationship, even as it only occasionally delves deeper into specific events. But the lasting pain of the father’s abandonment is well-presented, while Niko’s attempts at some form of reconciliation and understanding allow for an interesting exploration of the relationship, and of Niko’s understanding of his unpleasant father.”

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REVIEW: Times Literary Supplement reviews THE HAMBURG SCORE

“The heavyweight of Formalism may have had initial doubts about where he stood in the fight between the old and the new, but having accepted the Russian Revolution, he concentrated on working towards its goals. The Hamburg Score, a collection of essays originally published in 1928, is a quest for new literature, theatre, cinema – prerequisites for a new life. . . . Shklovsky the critic is in his element when analysing Russian prose and poetry in the light of their European analogues and new media.”

TLS subscribers can read Anna Aslanyan’s full review online.

REVIEW: The Modern Novel reviews CITY OF ULYSSES

“This story is, of course, a love story but one that cleverly intertwines with that love affair the idea of art and what it is, and the idea of a city, a city unknown to all too many people and a city, that like most cities, has parts which are unknown to many of its inhabitants. Unlike most cities this is the City of Ulysses, not, as he stresses, Joyce’s Ulysses but Homer’s.”

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REVIEW: Bookmunch reviews THE DOGS OF INISHERE

“…with some [of the stories] dating back to the early 1980s. It’s a succinct complication, at 139 pages, and as well as evoking a vivid sense of isolated and sequestered lives across Ireland and the UK, it suggests too a writer who’s able to cross the fiction/journalistic divide with relative ease.”

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REVIEW: World Literature Today includes FIVE FINGERS in “Nota Bene” section

“Latvian-Serbian author Māra Zālīte recounts Latvia’s rich history with energy, vigor, and electricity that is engaging for all audiences. Sectioned into short chapters, we follow the main character, Laura, on her quest to escape her birthplace of Stalin’s Siberia, where her parents were in exile, to discover the Latvia about which she has always dreamed.”

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REVIEW: World Literature Today reviews BODIES OF SUMMER

“The novel raises questions on every page, questions of race and gender and sexuality and propriety. It moves quickly, and it’s very well written, but under all that pressure and heat there seems to be something of a shrug. Maybe that’s for the best; maybe simply presenting these weird what-ifs is enough in itself.”

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REVIEW: World Literature Today reviews LOVE AT LAST SIGHT

“Vedrana Rudan’s new provocatrice, Tilda (unnamed until the penultimate chapter), recalls the protagonist of her first novel, Night, both middle-aged, middle-class wives with a daughter and a lover. Its focus the sexual battlefield—if Love at Last Sight does not, like Night, foreground realpolitik—it censures global institutions for creating an existential void that transforms love into war.”

Read the full review online at World Literature Today.