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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!

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2017: A NOVEL
Olga Slavnikova
Translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz

If Olga Slavnikova's novel, 2017, is any indication, the near-future of post-Soviet Russia—and the world in general—looks pretty grim on a variety of fronts, in large part because people of the techno-boom have lost touch with their own history and culture.

Reviewed by Jean Raber
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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.

Reviewed by Charlotte Simpson
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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.

Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie-Dawood
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Sarita Mandanna

Sarita Mandanna gives us a thrilling and enthralling epic story with her debut novel Tiger Hills. A strong, poetic and fluid narrative, Mandanna writes with the kind of musicality and subtle humour that forces you to sit and read in one go.

Reviewed by Belinda Otas
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Hiromi Kawakami
Translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich

Kei Yanagimoto's husband walked out without explanation and without a breath of further contact with her or their three year old daughter, leaving her in a strange limbo for twelve years …

Reviewed by Tui Menzies

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A discussion of Xinran's Sky Burial between three Belletrista readers.
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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