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Banned literature, Books, Fiction, Insomnia, Reviews, Translation -

Lee Tisdale, in the latest issue of New Welsh Review, gives a thoughtful review of Bels's Cold War classic, the infamous, previously banned Insomnia. "Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš." You can read the full review via the link here. And you can buy the book here.

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Poetry, Reviews, Translation, Wales Arts Review -

Earlier this month, our own Parthian poet Natalie Ann Holborow reviewed the recent collection Modern Bengali Poetry: Desire for Fire for Wales Arts Review. Her thoughtful commentary on the book is wide-reaching and perceptive, making a dip into its intriguing pages seem ever-more tempting. 

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Dai Smith, Fiction, Parthian Books, Reviews, The Crossing -

"The Crossing is an engrossing read filled with interesting people" writes Sarah Tanburn in her glowing review of Dai Smith's latest novel. Filled with "muscular prose", it asks fundamental questions about both the past and the future of a Cymru built on coal and the strong backs of miners. "The Crossing demands we ask ourselves those urgent questions about the future even as we wonder who sired whom and who will come off worst in the next violent encounter. The reader needs to put in the time to follow these threads but the resulting tapestry rewards in its rich detail...

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Debut novel, Fiction, Helen Pendry, Parthian Books, Reviews, The Levels -

"Helen Pendry’s astonishingly assured first novel, The Levels, ends with a plan to retrieve not so much national identity – though that plays a significant part in her narrative - as political parity with those whose shady military affairs ride roughshod over local concerns." In a resoundingly positive review, The Yorkshire Times offers an indepth and sensitive reflection on Helen Pendry's many-layered and grittily authentic debut literary thriller The Levels. You can read the full review here.   And you can order your copy of The Levels here.

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Dai Smith, Fiction, Parthian Books, Reviews, The Crossing, writing -

Gareth Kent offers a perceptive and engaged review of Dai Smith's closing novel in his trilogy of south Wales, The Crossing. Just published in Wales Arts Review. 'While The Crossing can often feel challenging, it is a novel that is equally rewarding. Some readers may struggle to connect all of the novel’s historical threads together due to the shifting narratives and bewildering historical ties. The Crossing, however, reminds us that this is precisely the point: "untangling the threads of lives was, at best, a fraught, uncertain process", and recorded history is, of course, never quite what it seems. The Crossing successfully shifts through the misty...

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