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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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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.

Reviewed by Ceri Evans
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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.

Reviewed by Kathleen Ambrogi
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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 …

Reviewed by Lisa Sanders
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Kristen Den Hartog

Ruth Brennan is a wonderful character. She is a giant, a girl who grows to enormous height, and her family struggles to cope by pretending all is normal until medical issues finally bring her condition into the open. Much more than a coming-of-age story …

Reviewed by Lisa Sanders

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