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The absurdity of war and the mysteries of childhood merge in Icelandic author Kristín Ómarsdóttir's Children in Reindeer Woods. Read an excerpt here.

Turkish author Ayșe Kulin's Farwell: An Occupied Mansion in Istanbul tells the story of one particular family living in one particular house during the end of the Ottoman Empire. Read the story's beginning here.

Canadian Barbara Howard brings taxidermy and a baby celebration together with hilarious results in "Western Taxidermy" the title story in her new collection.

NEWS (October 2012): Dear Readers, this issue (17) is still the current issue of Belletrista. Due to a family crisis and ongoing situation, Belletrista has been offline for several months. The good news is that circumstances are beginning to lighten and we hope to have another fabulous issue online sometime this month. Thank you for bearing with us during this time.

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STORIES AND ESSAYS OF MINA LOY
Mina Loy
Edited by Sara Crangle

Mina Loy is one of the lost women of English literature. Writing in the first half of the twentieth century, she was part of the Futurist poets community in Florence and a prominent member of the European arts scene, mingling with …
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Reviewed by Andy Barnes
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THE LIFEBOAT
Charlotte Rogan

Grace Winter, the narrator of Charlotte Rogan's The Lifeboat, is as unreliable as narrators come. Twenty-two years old, a newlywed and a widow, Grace is standing trial for her life. The Lifeboat is her attempt to recreate …
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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WHEN THE NIGHT
Cristina Comencini
Translated from the Italian by Marina Harss

Marina is a young mother who is never quite certain that she really wanted children in the first place. She loves her toddler Marco with an almost obsessive fixation but she also despises his ability …
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Reviewed by Judy Lim
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LYRIC NOVELLA
Annemarie Schwarzenbach
Translated from the German by Lucy Renner Jones

Lyric Novella is brief and delicate; it takes place in Weimar Berlin, and relates the story of a developing obsessive love by a young diplomat-to-be for Sibylle, a night club singer.
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Reviewed by Ceri Evans


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Amalia Gladhart reviews Argentine author Liliana Heker's The End of the Story
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