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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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Reviews
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THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY
Margot Livesey

A good story never dies—instead, it can always either be resurrected or re-interpreted by an insightful author who knows the value of an intriguing narrative and thoughtful characterisation. This is certainly the case with this new novel …
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Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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THE YOUNGEST DOLL: STORIES
Rosario Ferré
Translated from the Spanish by the author

Dr. Rosario Ferré is well known in her native Puerto Rico as a writer, poet, essayist, teacher and scholar, not to mention her service as First Lady of the Commonwealth when her father was Governor and her mother passed away during his tenure.
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Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi
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CHILDREN IN REINDEER WOODS
Kristín Ómarsdóttir
Translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith

The opening scene of this novel left me reeling, and I remained rather stunned throughout the book. In a few short, staccato pages, Kristín Ómarsdóttir creates a world where the absurdity and casual brutality of war is played out …
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Reviewed by Lisa Sanders
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THE LÖWENSKÖLD RING
Selma Lagerlöf
Translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck

Translator Linda Schenck's notes to her 1991 English version of Selma Lagerlöf's The Löwensköld Ring are almost as interesting as the novella itself, and anyone interested in literary criticism might easily get sidetracked musing about theories of translation instead of focusing on the brilliance of this …
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Reviewed by Jean Raber


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