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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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LITTLE PEUL
Mariama Barry
Translated from the French by Carrol F. Coates

The story begins in Senegal, as the young narrator is decorated with jewelry and fitted with a new dress by her mother, and then given a ritual bath. The girl has a premonition that …
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Reviewed by Darryl Morris
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THE WRITING ON MY FOREHEAD
Nafisa Hajji

This pleasantly engaging debut is about family, tradition, stories and following one's heart. Saira Qader has grown up in LA with her traditional Indo-Pak parents. Though her older sister, Ameena, has always been virtuous and obedient, Saira has a rebellious streak.
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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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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LOVE, ANGER, MADNESS: A HAITIAN TRIPTYCH
Marie Vieux-Chavet
Translated from the French by Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokur

I have read several books by Haitian writers. None of them could be described as happy. Marie Vieux-Chauvet's 1967 trio of novellas (individually titled Love, Anger and Madness) is possibly the least happy of all of them. It may also be the best.
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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DEATH IN SPRING
Mercé Rodoreda
Translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent

Death in Spring, Mercé Rodereda's last novel, originally published in Catalan in 1986, is a strange and disturbing book. The story opens in the spring as the narrator, an unnamed fourteen year old boy, takes a swim in the river that surrounds his village.
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Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson


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
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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