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Yalan Bao reviews ‘Dat’s Love’ by Leonora Brito

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Yalan Bao reviews ‘Dat’s Love’ by Leonora Brito

A new edition of Dat’s Love has been published by Parthian’s Library of Wales series. Leonora Brito’s influential and award-winning collection of short stories was originally published in 1999. Yalan Bao reinvigorates Leonora’s stories and characters, reviving them for a new generation of readers.

Leonora Brito was raised in and influenced by the multicultural community of Tiger Bay, she recreates the society’s values through a diverse collection of voices. Afro- Caribbean, Leonora writes about the diaspora felt by the Black-Welsh community. She has a vibrant writing style, inflected by humorous observations that highlight the oppression, persecution and daily life of a black individual in a Wales that defines these figures through the abrasive attitudes of colonial Britain.

Leonora depicts her characters and their stories with empathy and compassion from Dooley Wilson, a 59-year-old who takes up nude modeling, to the poignant final breaths of a dying elderly individual in a hospice. The new edition emphasises the need to keep her characters and their values alive into modernity, especially as these principles are being challenged by recent events.


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