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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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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 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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HOMESICK
Roshi Fernando

In Homesick, author Roshi Fernando interweaves seventeen short stories to form what the publisher calls "a composite novel." In these stories, Fernando introduces us to an extended cast of characters living in the Sri Lankan immigrant community of South London.
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel
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SACRIFICE
Karin Alvtegen
Translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray

Two women—worlds apart in their circumstances—struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts. Neither is able to move beyond the deep-seated pain they experienced as children, which torments them and robs them of their lives in the present.
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Reviewed by Akeela Gaibie Dawood


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