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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 FLOWERS OF WAR
Geling Yan
Translated from the Chinese by Nicky Harman

Before reading Geling Yan's The Flowers of War, I had never heard of the Nanking Massacre. I was surprised to learn about this fairly recent historical event …
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Reviewed by Caitlin Fehir
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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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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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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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