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Best European Fiction 2015
Best Best European Fiction 2015 gathers the work of fiction writers from all corners of Europe, from Spain, France, Estonia Bulgaria, Latvia, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Slovenia, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Lithuania, Norway, Basque Country (Spain) and Ireland too.Some hit the mark, others are a bit like indie bands without guitar solos P Kehoe
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A Brief Stop
Göran Rosenberg’s memoir,A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz sold 200,000 copies in Sweden. In the book, a son paints a fascinating picture of his parents who escaped death at Auschwitz. The journalist author addresses his late father throughout."Between your world and the world where parents are exhorted to sacrifice their children, children their parents, and the healthy the sick, there is a chasm that reason cannot bridge.” P Kehoe
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The Book of Gold Leaves
Mirza Waheed won the Guardian’s First Book award for his debut novel, The Collaborator. His second novel is centred on the love affair between a young Shia woman and her Sunni lover as the Kashmir conflict rages in the early 1990s. Waheed has an innate poetic sensibility, despite the necessary thriller elements in this mysterious but engaging tale. P Kehoe
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Selected Poems, Lorca, Pessoa
The work of celebrated European poets can be found in Penguin Classics. Selected poems of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa are both avaliable in English, in paperback. Victoria Glendinning summarises Lorca's gift pithily, on the back cover of this 300-page bi-lingual selection. “He had duende…a sort of spirit-possession, an unearthly artistic energy.“ P Kehoe
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I Refuse Per Petterson ****
I Refuse charts the close friendship between Tommy and Jim who grow up in a small village in Southern Norway. The story leaps back and forth, from 2006 - when they meet once again as adults - to the years 1966, 1967 and 1970. When Tommy was a boy, his mother departed, leaving her four children in the care of their violent father. Meanwhile, Jim has his own problems. Dark but infinitely compelling. Paddy Kehoe
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