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US author Sigrid Nunez discusses her new novel with Joyce Nickel

TRIO: Three remarkable works by Kamila Shamsie by
Caitlin Fehir

Belletrista turns one! A brief retrospective and a look ahead

With this issue, Belletrista completes its first year. We at Belletrista would like to thank those of you spread across this great blue planet who read our little 'zine and also use it as a resource for your personal reading, your bookclubs, or your classes. May we continue to endeavor to deserve your attention in the coming year! With this issue, we debut a new feature we are calling "Conversations" and also our Belletrista blog, "If Written by a Woman," an exciting venture we hope you will all be part of. There are more exciting things ahead!

Reviews
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THE FROZEN HEART
Almudena Grandes
Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne

Since the World Cup Final, all Spaniards will be proud of the victory of their team; Spaniards across the world have celebrated for weeks, basking in their glory. Yet, for many Spaniards they will also hesitate at the sight of their flag, which carried the black eagle until 1981, to many, the symbolism of the Franco state, a reminder of outcome of the Spanish Civil War.
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Reviewed by Ceri Evans
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SALVATION CITY
Sigrid Nunez

After a worldwide flu pandemic leaves him an orphan, young teen Cole Vining realizes that his life has taken him in an unexpected, and previously unimaginable, direction. In just a few months, he goes from living with urbanite parents to a new life with …
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART
Julia Franck
Translated from the German by Anthea Bell

A prologue opens the novel. It is some time during World War II and a woman, Alice, abandons her seven-year old son at a railway station. The story proper begins many years earlier in the town of Bautzen … where
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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SHADOW
Karin Alvtegen
Translated from the Swedish by McKinley Burnett

A child of four is found abandoned in an amusement park with little more than some crumbs, an empty juice bottle, a tape recorder, and a Bambi book by his side. There's also a note …
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF: STORIES
Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is a young writer. I'm guessing 25, give or take. She's also African American. But I don't say this because I've met her or googled her. It's because her new short story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, speaks so honestly and so knowledgeably from those perspectives.
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Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi


CONVERSATIONS:
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A discussion of Xinran's Sky Burial between three Belletrista readers.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
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If Written By a Woman
Visit our new Belletrista blog!
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2011 – shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize has just been announced and three women are in the running for the prestigious award. This is always an exciting time of year – the Prize is a great way to discover short stories by excellent writers. Lucky for us, the Prize’s website links to a copy of …Read the Rest