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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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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.
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Reviewed by Jean Raber
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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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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 WORD BOOK
Mieko Kanai
Translated from the Japanese by Paul McCarthy

It took me a while to appreciate the many virtues of The Word Book. Having just come off reading a run of novels, I dived into these stories too fast, and had to lift my head out of the water, make a conscious decision to …
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Reviewed by Tim Jones
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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